Ethics Policy


O News is committed to journalism that involves a responsible, honest, objective, and fair pursuit of facts, without any partisan and political affiliation or allegiance to special interest groups. Our guiding philosophy is, liberal on society, liberal on the economy.

We pledge to generate content that reflects and fosters the openness of public discourse outside the newsroom and also sets a benchmark for quality and integrity. We are accountable to the trust readers invest in us, by capturing the news, debate, and opinion in a manner that is transparent and avoids conflicts of interest.


This Code of Ethics guides and mandates public, online, professional, and personal conduct expected of every employee of O News. The reputation of O News rests on the conduct of each of its employees.

This document is a binding commitment for all employees of O News and is signed by them in acknowledgment. All non-editorial employees also acknowledge and understand this code and commit to avoiding doing anything that violates its principles.

All the content that is produced under the O News banner (by employees, guests, and contributors) must be put through the highest standards of professional due diligence, rigor, accuracy, fairness, and integrity that this code demands.

This document will be periodically updated and reviewed to respond to the rapidly changing media landscape and the evolving rules of engagement in news generation and consumption.


O News’s credibility rests on establishing uncompromising standards to avoid conflict of interest or even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

No employee of O News will sign a public petition unless the organization itself is participating in the cause.

No employee of O News will donate money to political parties or groups that champion political causes.

Any connections with the government, a business group, or a civil society group must be avoided or reported to supervisors. Even part-time assignments or associations, whether paid or unpaid, will compromise our independence.

We must create strict walls between ourselves and the subjects we cover and avoid active involvement in any partisan causes – politics, social action, demonstrations – that could compromise our independent ability to report, write and edit fairly. Any such association that is likely to create conflict must be reported to the editors. When we attend an event that we advocate for, we must represent ourselves as employees of O News. We must at no point become participants. Affiliations, memberships, or endorsements have the potential to damage our credibility.


We work for no one except O News and any freelance assignment must have the approval of the supervisors. Writing for another publication – online or print – must be done only after permission is given. The article published elsewhere must identify the writer as part of Mandar Khabar LLP. Writing under an assumed name is prohibited.

Accepting speaking engagements at conferences and seminars – paid and unpaid – must be cleared with the Editor.


Advertisers or marketing concerns will not influence our news, analysis, or opinion.

Advertisements will be marked in such a way that they are easily distinguishable from news content. Sponsored editorial features at O News will be clearly labeled and will be visibly different from editorial content.


O News staff will not accept expensive gifts from people in position or from people or institutions we cover. If there are gifts that appear inappropriate, expensive, or if the intention is suspect, O News employees must immediately inform the Editor.

O News employees must not accept favors and hospitality. Free invitations to ticketed events must be declined, unless the purpose is to cover the event or if the seat is in the press gallery. There are some exceptions like invitations to meals.

The material provided to O News employees in the course of work belongs to the organization and must not be resold. These may include books, DVDs, pen drives, gadgets, etc.

O News employees will not use their press credentials to get out of situations where a law is broken. O News employees will not seek commercial discounts that are not available to the general public.

We must not accept preferential treatment because of the position we hold as employees of a media group.

O News employees must be scrupulously free of obligation to news sources and to special interests. Our private behavior, as well as our professional behavior, must not bring discredit to our profession or to O News.

Any disclosure after an alleged breach of ethics will not be considered as a mitigating factor.


O News employees must not buy or sell shares using information accessed by the organization before it is published. Editorial employees of O News will not trade in derivatives.

All employees of O News who cover business and financial matters are required to disclose their financial holdings and investments to the Editor-in-Chief and avoid the potential for conflict.

O News will disclose any sponsorship arrangement that may also be the subject of an editorial feature.


At O News, sources will be identified whenever possible. If a source is not named, O News will provide a close description of the person – some kind of identification by ministry, organization, or by position, for example – in order to disclose possible prejudice.

O News will also give a reason for not revealing their identity. When we agree to protect a source’s identity, it will not be revealed to anyone outside O News.

No pseudonyms are to be used. We work with full disclosure of our identity, motives, and methods.

Featuring tweets in an article is fine, but using private Facebook posts of others in the copy without consent is prohibited. Public posts on Facebook can be used or quoted only after consulting the Editor or in extraordinary situations.


Plagiarism is a cardinal sin. Content sourced from other media sources or organizations must be attributed and not plagiarised. Lifting text, quotes, and images without attribution is plagiarism. Images will not be digitally altered without disclosure.


Employees of O News cannot be members of the board of another company or foundation – for-profit or non-profit entity – without the supervisor’s permission.

O News employees must not engage in political advocacy – either as members of a political party or an organization concerned with political change – without the prior consent of the Editor.

O News employees will send entries to award competitions only with the express approval of the Editor and disclose any likely conflict of interest in such competitions.

Invitation to an employee of O News to travel out of the city/country, arranged by another organization/business, needs to be cleared by the Editor. Any coverage based on such a trip will carry a clear disclosure that the visit was sponsored/hosted.


Content from stories, interviews, videos, Twitter engagements, Facebook Lives that employees of O News participate in is the property of O News. Anyone intending to write or assemble a book or article based on material must first obtain consent from the Editor.


No journalist of O News will obtain information by misrepresenting or hiding his/her identity. There will be no exceptions made to this rule.

Blackmailing or threatening a source to part with information or promising positive coverage in return for information is strictly prohibited.


O News will not publish offensive words, profanities, and obscenities unless they are germane to the article. But even then, it is the decision of the Editor.

O News will also not publish offensive, biased references to a person’s religion, caste, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability, unless directly relevant to the story.


O News is committed to minimizing and correct errors that occur. Readers who point out errors in our content must be treated with respect and thanked. When a correction is made, a line must acknowledge the error in the previous versions of the copy. Anything unfair or factually inaccurate will be duly acknowledged, with regret were called for.


O News journalists are committed to producing content without prejudice or malice. Reporters must give reasonable time and opportunity to respond to those who are being mentioned adversely.

This Code of Ethics contains the basic guiding principles for O News employees. It is a living document and will evolve over time as fresh ideas and issues emerge in the fast-changing media environment. O News has drafted this after studying the principles and best practices in respected media organizations, especially the publicly stated ethical codes of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Indian Express. We acknowledge and thank these organizations.