Media guidelines out for reporting children’s cases

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional field office here has issued a Guide for Media Practitioners on the Reporting and Coverage of Cases Involving Children based on principles and guide for use of the media.

The media guide is a product of the Special Committee for the Protection of Children and a symposium for social media ethics was held November 14 in this city in coordination with area-based standards network Panay I cluster.

Panelists include Claribelle Magno of ABS-CBN, Gertrude Tan Mabilog of GMA TV6, Ben Palma Jr. of Task Force Internet Gaming and Anti-Pornography, and Porferio Fangco of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region VI.

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The media guidelines focus on the children’s absolute right to privacy the child’s dignity must be respected at all times. Children have the right to be heard and access to media by children must be encouraged.

The mass media is a partner in the promotion of child rights and the prevention of child delinquency, and is encouraged to relay consistent messages through a balanced approach.

The international Federation of Journalists draft guidelines and principles for reporting on issues involving children was adopted in Brazil in 1998 that gives more focus on reporting and coverage.

DSWD is encouraging all media and media professionals to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards and should promote within the industry the widest possible dissemination of information about the International Convention on the Rights of the child and its implications for the exercise of independent journalism.

Media organizations should likewise, regard violations of the rights of children and issues related to children’s safety, privacy, security, their education, health and social welfare and all forms of exploitation as important questions for investigation and public debate.

Attended by media practitioners and selected children groups in this city, the forum was also attended by representatives of Signpost International Inc. and ABSNET Panay I-Cluster President Febie Ibojos and Rosana Alfaras of the Iloilo Juvenile Welfare Foundation Inc.

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