ERTU Code of Ethics*

1. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that includes negative statements about religions or beliefs.


2. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that creates any disputation among different religious groups.


3. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes the state national system.


4. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that includes statements that encourage violation of the law.


5. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes national heroism.


6. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes Arab nationalism and its struggle, values, and national traditions.


7. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes other nationalities.


8. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes officers of the courts, military officers, or security officers as well as religious leaders.


9. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes state officials because of their performance.


10. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that disparages any legitimate profession.


11. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that threatens family ties or disparages its sanctity or condemns family values.


12. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that favors divorce as a means to solve family problems.


13. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that includes obscenity, vulgar, or indecent pictures.


14. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes the ethics of the society or violates the rules of decency either by sound, picture, or by performance.


15. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that encourages indecency either by sound, picture, or performance.


16. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that contains materials that may cause depression or spread the spirit of defeat among individuals or communities.


17. It is prohibited to criticize the values that come from Egyptian traditions.


18. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that creates social confusion or criticizes the principles and traditions of Arab society.


19. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that encourages discrimination on the basis of color, race, religion, or social status.


20. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that promotes crime or displays it in such a way that may cause imitation.


21. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that encourages the use or distribution of illegal substances or activities prohibited by Islam such as the consumption of alcoholic beverages or gambling.


22. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that encourages blood revenge.


23. It is prohibited to broadcast to portray (sic) violence to humans or animals.


24. It is prohibited to broadcast any pictures of horror.


25. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that may hurt the feelings of the handicapped or the mentally retarded.


26. It is prohibited to broadcast any confidential information.


27. It is prohibited to broadcast any scientific, technical, professional, or religious advice or commentary unless it has been reviewed or is broadcast by experts in the field.


28. It is prohibited to broadcast what contradicts scientific facts, such as superstition.


29. It is prohibited to anyone employed by ERTU to use ERTU equipment for his/her benefit or to use it for personal propaganda. It is also prohibited for anyone employed by ERTU to permit the broadcast or to broadcast any materials that may advertize for individuals, artists, the audience, products, or companies.


30. It is prohibited to broadcast any program that criticizes other broadcast programs.


31. It is prohibited to anyone employed by ERTU to broadcast or to permit the broadcast of any official materials. It is prohibited to give unearned titles to guests.

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* Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU): The General Communication Plan 1989-1990, pp. 12-13 (Cairo, Egypt 1989). TBS is informed that ERTU is in the process of developing a new Code of Ethics.


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