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Broadcasting Ethics Committee

Chapter 1 General Terms and Conditions

(General terms and conditions)

Article 1:

  • In order to effectively achieve the goal under Article 3 of the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (hereinafter referred to as “the Organization”) Rules and Regulations (hereinafter referred to as “the Rules and Regulations”), the following terms and conditions shall be instituted as stipulated under Article 27.

(Convocation and holding of meetings)

Article 2:

  1. In principle, a committee meeting convocated by the Committee Chair shall be held once a month.
  2. An extraordinary meeting will be convocated by the Committee Chair if and when the Committee Chair deems it necessary.
  3. The Executive Director or the Director-General will ask the Committee Chair for a committee meeting to be convocated if and when they deem it necessary.

(Decision-making methods)

Article 3:

  1. The Committee Chair shall chair the committee meeting, state their opinion on the investigation, and participate in the vote.
  2. The presence of the majority of the committee members is necessary for any committee decisions to be made.
  3. In principle, committee decisions require the consensus of all committee members. If a consensus cannot be reached, the decisions will be made by the majority rule. If the vote is a tie, the final decision will be made by the Committee Chair.
  4. Committee members can exercise their voting rights by appointing a proxy from the committee members or through a written notice. Those who exercised their voting rights by the above methods shall be considered to have been present at the committee meeting.
  5. Article 4 Paragraphs 1 & 5, Article 5 Paragraph 1, Article 7 Paragraphs 1 & 3, Article 8 Paragraph 1, Article 9 Paragraphs 1 & 4, and Article 10 Paragraphs 1 to 4 shall be executed based on the committee meeting decisions.
  6. If the “Warning” or the “Opinion” in Article 8 Paragraph 1 is a decision made by majority vote, the minority opinion can also be recorded.

Chapter 2 Discussions and Deliberations on Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement

(Discussions and deliberations on broadcasting ethics and program improvement)

Article 4:

  1. The Committee shall discuss issues concerning the coverage and production or the content of programs. If the Committee decides that the issue needs to be examined further, it will start an investigation in order to heighten ethical standards in broadcasting and improve the quality of programming.
  2. The Committee can ask the broadcaster and involved parties to submit a report of their internal hearing, a recording of the broadcast in question, and other related materials.
  3. The Committee will summon a witness if necessary to exchange opinions.
  4. The Committee can conduct a hearing with the broadcaster and involved parties for the deliberation.
  5. Based on the deliberation, the Committee may make its opinion public. When the Committee makes its opinion public, it will report the context to the Organization and its members.

Chapter 3 Investigation/Hearing of fallacious broadcasts

(Target of investigation/hearing)

Article 5:

  1. If, upon discussion, the Committee concludes that the broadcast of a program that is suspected of being false, gravely misled the viewers, it will investigate the broadcast program (hereinafter referred to as “the program”) to see if there was a problem in terms of broadcasting ethics.
  2. The program will be chosen from those below:
    1. A program that was reported to the Committee by the broadcaster
    2. A program that was pointed out by the program staff, involved parties, or viewers.
    3. A program that the Committee thinks needs to be investigated.

(Research by the Committee)

Article 6:

  1. The Committee will conduct the necessary research for the investigation/hearing of the program (or before deciding whether to start an investigation).
  2. The Committee can ask the broadcaster that produced and broadcast the program (hereinafter referred to as “the broadcaster”) and involved parties to submit a report of their internal hearing, a recording of the broadcast in question, and other related materials.
  3. The Committee can conduct a hearing with the broadcaster and involved parties.
  4. The Committee can ask for the opinion of those with the relevant expertise if necessary.

(Special investigative team)

Article 7:

  1. The Committee can form a special investigative team comprising of more than one expert depending on the case. The team will conduct an extensive and swift research on the target program.
  2. The special investigative team will conduct research on the necessary facts for the investigation, and promptly report the progress and findings to the Committee.
  3. The Committee can appoint a research consultant to receive advice on matters such as the team formation. The consultant’s term of office will be two years and may be reappointed.

(Warning & Opinion)

Article 8:

  1. The Committee will investigate whether there is a problem with the program in terms of broadcasting ethics, and notify its decision in writing to the broadcaster and its programming council in the form of a “Warning” or “Opinion,” which will be made public. The Committee will report the context of its decision to the Organization and its members.
  2. The public announcement shall be made by holding a press conference or other appropriate ways.
  3. The Committee can require the broadcaster to broadcast and share the findings of the investigation with  the viewers.

(Recurrence prevention measures)

Article 9:

  1. In the “Warning” or “Opinion,” the Committee can require the broadcaster to submit its recurrence prevention measures plan.
  2. The broadcaster must draw up the plan within one month and submit it to the Committee in writing and make it public.
  3. After submitting the plan, the broadcaster must report back its implementation status to the Committee in writing within three months.
  4. The Committee can give its opinion on the broadcaster’s plan and the implementation status. If it does state an opinion, the Committee will make it public and will report the context to the Organization and its members.

(Recommending broadcasters to form an external investigation committee)

Article 10:

  1. Depending on the case, the Committee can recommend broadcasters to form an investigation committee consisting of external committee members (hereinafter referred to as “external committee”)
  2. The Committee can give their opinion on the broadcaster’s selection of the external investigation committee members.
  3. The Committee can require the broadcaster to report back on what exactly it commissioned the external committee to investigate (hereinafter referred to as “investigation items”). If the Committee deems that the investigation items are insufficient, it can require the broadcaster to add and/or change the items as necessary.
  4. The Committee can require the broadcaster to report back on the results of the investigation by the external committee. It can also set a due date and require the broadcaster to report back on the progress of the investigation.

Chapter 4 Secretariat

(Secretariat)

Article 11:

  1. The Secretariat is responsible for preparing the necessary materials for the committee discussions, deliberations, and investigations/hearings.
  2. The Secretariat is responsible for documenting the outline of the committee discussions, deliberations, and investigations/hearings.
  3. The Secretariat is responsible for all other necessary administrative work.

Chapter 5 Supplementary Terms and Conditions

(Amendment)

Article 12:

Amendments to these terms and conditions require the approval by the board after a vote by the Committee.

  • (Enacted May 8, 2007, Effective as of May 23, 2007)
  • (Amended May 31, 2016, Effective as of June 1, 2016)

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