Policy 5 Bias

Issued 4 July 2013

The History shall, as far as is humanly possible, be and remain unbiased. This means we shall report on events in as truthful a manner as we can discover, without regard to the "reputation" of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard or the Church of Scientology. Neither do we take the often-biased viewpoint of non-Scientology persons and entities.

One way to introduce bias is to accept financial or other support from organizations or entities which have a bias, agenda, or an ax to grind with regard to Scientology.

The Board of Directors shall keep a "Ban List" of entities and organizations it shall not accept funds, support or contributions of any kind from. The first three entities on this list shall be:

  1. The Church of Scientology or any of its ancillary organizations (including Narconon, Applied Scholastics, etc.).
  2. The internet group Anonymous. This group has demonstrated an agenda which is inimical to the Church of Scientology and Scientology itself.
  3. The government, including the government of the United States or any other nation or group of nations
The History may accept offers of support from Scientologists or Scientologist-run entities. This would be our first preference. However, such persons or activities may, by their statements, conduct or connections be added to the "Ban List" at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Aside from the above, The History may accept support from other non-Scientologist organizations. However, any such acceptance shall only come after the Directors have satisfied themselves that:

  1. It has no negative agenda with regard to The History.
  2. It has no significant connections to entities on the Ban List.
  3. The person/organization conducts itself, insofar as may be discovered, in a legal, moral and ethical fashion.
The History may accept article and documentation submissions from any source. However, submissions from entities on the Ban List should be double checked for veracity and accuracy. Persons or entities found to purposely offer submissions which prove to be false or biased may be added to the Ban List as submitters. Such determination shall be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors, whose decision shall be final.

An entity (other than the first three above) may be removed from the Ban List upon their request in CSW form to the Board of Directors and subsequent affirmative acceptance by the Board.

The Ban List (other than the above original entities) shall not be published nor made broad public issue. An individual or entity may make a request to the Board to determine if they are on the list. Such request shall be answered truthfully by the Board in a timely manner.

Paul M. Foster
for the
Board of Directors

BOD:PMF