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

  1. 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 researcher's credibility.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 stated.

  4. 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.

  5. If possible, as a courtesy the organization's director for the state/province should be notified prior to a speaking appearance in that state/province.