This is not done by Gulf newspapers but it's important for them. For the first time a Gulf media outlet has unveiled a code of ethics and I hope it will be done by more Arab newspapers in the future. I am presently in Doha, Qatar and I have met Waddah Khanfar, Al Jazeera Managing Director. He told me this code of ethics (click here for the text) was a first step and that in 2005 there will be new attemps to answer to viewers asking for more professionalism and more ethics among the TV staff.
According to Reuters, "Arabic satellite television channel Al Jazeera, accused by the United States of graphic and anti-American conflict coverage, unveiled a code of ethics on Tuesday it said would ensure balanced and sensitive reporting.
The Qatar-based channel defended its right to report "the ugly face of war" but said the new guidelines would take account of Western and Arab sensitivities when considering whether to broadcast gory images of violence.
Washington has frequently criticised Jazeera's coverage of the invasion and occupation of Iraq last year as inaccurate and anti-American, saying its broadcast of wounded Iraqis, destroyed houses and slain American troops were tasteless or inflammatory.