Saturday, 15 February 2014

Now, a Child Rights Handbook for Journos

By Express News Service - CHENNAI

Published: 23rd January 2014 08:03 AM

Last Updated: 23rd January 2014 08:03 AM

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“Media in India has a general disregard for child rights,” said Pamela Philipose, Editor-in-Chief, Women’s Feature Service.

She was speaking at the launch of a Child Rights handbook for journalists here on Wednesday.

“Children are not considered as citizens with rights. When a sensitive issue comes up, the silent deprivation and back story is ignored by the media,” said the eminent writer.

Other experts in the field also expressed similar opinions. “We can bring the voices and opinions of children to a larger platform,” said Caroline Den Dulk, Chief of Advocacy Communications, UNICEF India.

“The media can play an important role in protecting and promoting children’s rights by exposing their abuse and reporting their triumphs,” she said.

The press institute of India and UNICEF partnered and developed this handbook on child rights for journalists to address the issues in reporting on children.

The handbook was developed after round of consultations with the academicians, senior journalists, child rights experts and writers.

The book was released by Caroline Den Dulk and N Murali, Member, Board of Trustees, Press Institute of India and the first copy was received by Pamela Philipose. Satish Kumar, Chief of UNICEF State Office for Tamilnadu and Kerala introduced the handbook to journalists and said,

“The handbook crisply lists our existing instruments, standards and mechanism for protection of child rights in India. The booklet also offers guidelines for interviewing and reporting on children based on their different needs at different ages.”

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