At Sidomex Entertainment, we have the utmost respect for truth and the public’s right to information are fundamental principles of journalism. We aim to convey information, ideas and opinions and for this purpose, we search, disclose, record, question, entertain, suggest and remember. They inform citizens and animate democracy. They give a practical form
We commit ourselves to:
- Respect for the rights of others
Thus, when we publish content, we:
- Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, give distorting emphasis, and do our utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.
- Do not place unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, family relationships, religious belief, or physical or intellectual disability.
- Aim to attribute information to its source. However, where a source seeks anonymity, do not agree without first considering the source’s motives and any alternative attributable source. Where confidences are accepted, respect them in all circumstances.
- Do not allow personal interest, or any belief, commitment, payment, gift or benefit, to undermine your accuracy, fairness or independence.
- Disclose conflicts of interest that affect, or could be seen to affect, the accuracy, fairness or independence of your journalism. Do not improperly use a journalistic position for personal gain.
- Do not allow advertising or other commercial considerations to undermine accuracy, fairness or independence.
- Do our utmost to ensure disclosure of any direct or indirect payment made for interviews, pictures, information or stories.
- Use fair, responsible and honest means to obtain material. Identify yourself and your employer before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast. Never exploit a person’s vulnerability or ignorance of media practice.
- Present pictures and sounds which are true and accurate. Any manipulation likely to mislead should be disclosed.
- Do not plagiarise.
- Respect private grief and personal privacy. Journalists have the right to resist the compulsion to intrude.
- Do our utmost to achieve fair correction of errors.
- Standards & Style
Language: English (United Kingdom)
- We do not use full stops in abbreviations, or spaces between initials (e.g. EFCC, 4 am not E.F.C.C., 4 a.m.).
- We do not use full stops in academic qualifications (e.g. BSc, MSc, BA, MA, PhD not B.Sc., Ph.D.).
- When we abbreviate, we use brackets, not commas (e.g. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU))
- We spell out less well-known abbreviations on the first mention; however, we do not spell out well known (e.g. UN, HIV/Aids)
- We use all caps only if the abbreviation is pronounced as the individual letters; otherwise, we spell the word out (e.g. CNN, NTA, VAT, but Nema, Nato, Asuu).
- We begin the first word of every sentence with a capital letter.
- We write job descriptions in lower case (e.g. governor, prime minister, director, The US secretary of state).
- Cap up titles, but not job description (e.g. President Mohammed Buhari [but the Nigeria president, Muhammed Buhari, and Buhari or the president on subsequent mention]; the governor of Rivers State (the governor at second mention).
- Initial capitals when the full name is used (e.g. Ministry of Information and Culture, Department of Immigration and Border Protection [Australia], Ministry of Education [Nigeria]).
- We use lowercase when abbreviated or paraphrased (e.g. justice ministry, defense department, Australia’s immigration department, Nigeria’s education ministry).
- We use lowercase for translations of government departments in non-English-speaking countries (e.g. the French foreign ministry, the Russian ministry of emergency situations, etc.).
- Photo captions are not literal descriptions of the picture, though it’s important to give the reader enough information to understand what they are looking.
- We use both the first and second names of anyone pictured. Sport can follow the sporting convention of surnames only (e.g. Robson says he’s putting in for a transfer).
- For direct quotes in captions, we use a colon and double quotation marks (eg: Sheila Vine says: “Nothing will stop me”).
- Any colon in a caption, whether or not introducing a quote, must be followed by a capital letter (eg: Lisa Simpson: Genius at work).
- AD goes before the date, BC goes after; both go after the century. Both AD and BC are unpunctuated (e.g. AD64, 300BC, second century AD, fourth century BC).
- We put the date before the month, without suffix (e.g. 12 April or 12 April 2021).
- In headlines, we capitalise only the first word of the headline as well as all proper nouns.
- Featured image dimensions are 800 px X 533 px.
As part of our principles, we take responsibility for our mistakes and notify the audience of the correction. Where it is possible and does not damage anybody, we announce what was incorrect in the first place.
When changing the headline, we ensure that it is corrected on every social media and other platform where it was already shared. Where applicable, we try as much as possible not to delete the original content.
For some other extreme situations, we may delete material as a last resort, especially when there is no public interest present and it violates somebody’s rights or ethical standards. We explain the reason for such a decision if it is undertaken.