EXCERPT FROM SECTION XX, MEDIA POLICY GUIDELINES -- PART 1
by Marge Christensen
In order to strengthen the credibility of UFO-related pursuits, the
following guidelines are strongly recommended for all members
representing MUFON to the media.
20.1 PROVIDING PUBLIC INFORMATION AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
- Any public presentations or media appearances should be limited to
the UFO subject. While paranormal or metaphysical areas may possibly
have some bearing on individual UFO case reports, it is nonproductive
to present varied subject matter to the public. Further, an
impression of inextricable ties between UFO research and other
esoteric pursuits serves to confuse the audience and erode the UFO
- Public speakers should be prepared with factual evidence concerning
specific UFO cases and/or particular aspects of the subject.
Especially in radio/television and newspaper interviews, it is crucial
to restrict one's remarks on the basis of firsthand information or an
otherwise thorough understanding of the matter in discussion. A claim
of ignorance in response to a given inquiry is far less damaging than
open-ended speculation or a fabrication of events or data.
Concurrently, any media misinformation should be met with facts
already on record, if possible.
- When speaking before school or college groups or when teaching a
class on the subject, care should be exercised to be objective and to
refrain from personal viewpoints regarding the nature, origin or
purposes of the presumed intelligences unless one's bias is clearly
- Care should be taken to present government statements within the
context of a document's overall scope and tenor as well as any known
circumstances which prompted it. Further, the speaker should advise
the audience that public officials' declarations may not be construed
as current government policy.
- If possible, as a courtesy the organization's director for the
state/province should be notified prior to a speaking appearance in