Editorial policy

Cryptopolitan (CP) Values

Cryptopolitan’s editorial policy translates our legislative responsibilities, services, standards and expectations and guide decisions that are equitable, timely and consistent. It incorporates values concerned with social responsibility, ethical considerations and a sense of fair play. 

The editorial policy informs and guides our professional judgements, but also reassures our audience that their trust and expectations are not misplaced. Our following values guide our decisions.

Neutrality

Neutrality is having an open mind and the absence of decided views, expression, or strong feeling. It is about openness and straight dealing by reporting the relevant facts and significant points of view and fair, ethical and balanced treatment of issues, events, people and institutions.

Authenticity

Our news posts must conform to reality, be in context and not in any way misleading or false. Reporters should be enterprising and questioning in perceiving, pursuing and presenting issues. This demands thorough research and a disciplined use of language and writing techniques.

Independence 

Our reporters are not influenced by pressures from political, commercial or other sectional interests or by their own personal views or activities. There is no external interference in the presentation or content of news reports or any improper influence brought to bear internally. CP alone has the legal and editorial responsibility for what it transmits.

Respect 

Respect for the rights of others may call for careful handling of sensitive issues such as violence, sex, grief, trauma, privacy invasions. We need to avoid stereotypes and other prejudicial content. We must respect interviewees and all others we deal with in the course of our news gathering and transmission activities.

Diversity 

Our news reports reflect the broad diversity of cultures, interests and opinions.and draw on this diversity to present relevant views across the spectrum. In the coverage of issues, we do not promote or denigrate any view, including those of minorities. Views are covered according to their news value and significance. 

Personal Opinion 

Journalists, producers and the editorial staff will have opinions of their own, but they must not yield to bias or prejudice. To be professional is not to be without opinions, but to be aware of those opinions and make allowances for them, so that reporting is, and appears to be, judicious and fair. Audiences should not detect a correspondent’s personal views.

Analytical and impartial 

Our correspondents offer analysis of events or opinions in which the event or opinion is placed in a wider context and the audience are given a clearer idea of the significance of the issue. However, we do not give prescriptive comments or tell the audience what opinion they should hold. It is accepted that specialist reviewers, drawing upon their expertise, are able to express their opinion but mention it as their own opinions.

Balance 

CP has a duty to ensure that news reporting is fair, accurate and balanced. News balance should be achieved, where appropriate, within a single programme or otherwise within the period of current interest. Where an appropriate representative of one side of the story cannot be reached, the journalist should relay the fact in a simple and direct manner.

Conflict of Interest 

Being very much in the public eye, it is essential that the public can trust the integrity of our journalists, contributors, and editorial staff. CP’s impartiality or credibility must not be influenced by any commercial, political or personal interests. It is particularly important that employees must not use the CP platform for their own interests.

Editorial integrity 

Editorial staff should be aware of the perceived conflict of interest which would arise from membership of a political party. This applies particularly to high profile involvement in an administrative or office holding capacity. Any CP staff member standing for office in a national election must go on leave without pay effective from the announcement of their candidacy.

Distinguishing sponsored and non-sponsored content

Sponsored content refers to content that is created by Cryptopolitan covering a topic area that is relevant to an advertiser published in the press release or sponsored content section. Cryptopolitan has sole editorial control, and no advertiser has any input into the content beyond the broad topic area. Sponsored content will also be labeled in one of the following ways: “sponsored by our partners,” “sponsored by,” “from our sponsor,” or “brought to you by.” Rel “no sponsor” linking will also be applied to all sponsored posts and rel “no follow” for any commercial related press release.

Taking Responsibility ‘Upward Referral’ 

Cryptopolitan zealously guards its high reputation and credibility. On occasions when there is potential for damaging errors or material breaching our standards to transmit, established practices should ensure that these are checked and eliminated. 

Checking a news source is a well-established practice in the CP newsroom. Anything that gets published must be checked first for accuracy, fairness, balance, style and grammar by a senior journalist or web editor. Any story which may place CP at legal risk such as contempt of court or defamation must be referred upwards. 

Upward referral also applies to any item that may not meet CP guidelines of fair, factual and balanced reporting or issues involving language, violence, privacy or poor taste. Nothing in this section should be misread as implying CP will shrink from seeking out issues of controversy or taking justifiable risks. 

Decisions to report in the public interest, in the face of legal or other threat may, from time to time, be considered by senior managers with the approval of the Chief Executive and Editor in Chief. If in doubt, refer upwards. 

Business relationships with companies and products being covered

Please note, that the co-founders and other writers at Cryptopolitan often do have business relationships with the companies and products that we cover. For instance, some of us own other Web businesses which earn revenue from the advertising networks that we review on Cryptopolitan. 

We believe these business relationships inform our perspective and ultimately increase the value of our editorial content, but note that these relationships do exist, and we will not necessarily disclose them in an individual article.

We strive to be objective and fair in our reviews of products, services and companies. We do not accept compensation of any type in exchange for a favorable review. We label sponsored content, disclose when we link to a product or company with an affiliate link, or if our co-founders own equity in a private business that’s being mentioned in our editorial content.

We strive to be accurate, but we make mistakes. If you think we’ve made a mistake in one of our articles, please contact us.

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This Terms and Conditions was last updated on July 18, 2020 and is effective immediately.