We understand that questions may arise from time to time with regards to our opinion pieces and editorial process.  As we rebuild our editorial team, there is much for us to consider and work on, until Kakiseni Blog is officially launched in 2013. This page is a work-in-progress — nevertheless, we must still have standards*: Kakiseni Blog is committed, to the best of our abilities, to the following:

    1. All information will be fact-checked, including information that may have been published earlier
    2. We will conduct a fact and quote check with the people we interview, where possible and time permitting, before we publish an article.
    3. If unconfirmed reports or uncorroborated rumours are published, it will be clearly stated as unconfirmed.
    4. We will acknowledge all mistakes we make in the course of our reporting as quickly as possible; mistakes in a published article will be corrected, and we will indicate what the error was.
    5. Where necessary, we will be open to dialogue with our readers over our professional conduct and the process of our news gathering and reporting, with the view that reader complaints and grievances are opportunities for us to be held accountable so that we may maintain high ethical and professional standards.
    6. We will represent ourselves as journalists before conducting any interview. When a comment is made to us outside of a clearly stated interview, and we want to use the comment, we will only publish the comment after seeking the permission of the person whose comment it was.
    7. Where recorded material is edited before it is published or broadcast, we will ensure that it is not manipulated so as to deceive or mislead our readers.
    8. We will endeavour at all times to protect our sources.
    9. We will not plagiarise. Reprints or quotations from previously published material shall give due credit to the original source.
    10. We will not intrude or report or comment upon an individual’s privacy except in the interest of the public good.
    11. We will treat with compassion in our reporting those adversely affected by personal grief or tragedy, and will be sensitive and responsible when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or news subjects.
    12. We will endeavour to remain free of associations and activities that may compromise our integrity or credibility as journalists and reviewers.
    13. We will declare any affiliations that may be related to what we report on.
    14. We will declare any significant affiliations Kakiseni has with matters we report on, to the best of our ability.
    15. The editorial team of Kakiseni Blog will maintain independence in content and editorial policies from the management of its parent company Kakiseni.
    16. If an event organised by Kakiseni should be reviewed, we shall seek independent writers outside of our immediate team.
    17. We will not accept gifts, either in cash or in kind, from any party while doing our job. Where it may be impossible or difficult to turn down such gifts because of circumstances, the gift will be declared to the editor for a decision to be made. Complimentary tickets, if received, will be declared as such.
    18. We will clearly identify advertisements and advertorials from editorial material so as to avoid any ambiguity.
    19. We will use gender-neutral or -sensitive language in our writing.
    20. We will not emphasise race, gender, nationality, occupation, disability, political affiliation or religious persuasion in the case of persons we report on if such information is not important within the context of a story or is disparaging.

*Our warmest thanks and regards to The Nut Graph for allowing us to adapt and borrow so much from their editorial policy, which is modeled after journalistic best practices from around the world..