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Sunday edition of The Sun pledges journalists will be held to highest ethical standards

By Hamish Mackay |

February 26, 2012 | 2 min read

News International has pledged that its newly-launched Sunday edition of The Sun will hold its journalists to the highest ethical standards.

In a prominent editorial on page 12, the tabloid pointed out: “News International closed our sister paper the News of the World over the phone-hacking scandal.

"Since then some of our own journalists have been arrested, though not charged, over allegations of payments to public officials for stories.

“We believe those individuals are innocent until proven guilty. It has been a sobering experience for our entire industry."

The editorial continued: "As we launch the seven-day Sun, we want to strengthen that connection [with the readers] with a new independent Sun Readers' Champion to accept feedback and correct significant errors.

"Our journalists must abide by the Press Complaints Commission's editors code, the industry standard for ethical behaviour, and the News Corporation standards of business conduct. We will hold our journalists to the standards we expect of them.

“After all a newspaper which holds the powerful to account must do the same with itself. You will be able to trust our journalists to abide by the values of decency as they gather news."

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