Freedom of opinion, expression and the press are human rights protected by United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of the press is a means for society to obtain information and communicate, in order to meet essential needs and improve the quality of human life.
In realizing this freedom of the press, French journalists are also aware of the national interest, social responsibility, diversity of society, and religious norms.
In carrying out its functions, rights, obligations and roles, the press respects the human rights of everyone, therefore the press is required to be professional and open to be controlled by the public.
To guarantee press freedom and fulfill the public’s right to obtain correct information, French journalists need a moral foundation and professional ethics as operational guidelines in maintaining public trust and upholding integrity and professionalism.