The Sunday Mail
JOURNALISTS have been urged to report responsibly and sensitively on children’s issues to avoid violating their rights.
Speaking at a workshop to train journalists on child reporting, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Zimbabwe chief of communications Mr Yves Willemot said media reports should not leave children exposed.
“Media reporting on children and young people should never put them at risk. UNICEF has developed principles and guidelines to help journalists report on children’s issues in a way that enables them to serve the public interest without compromising the rights of children,” he said. “It is important to note that whenever you report on children, you should respect their dignity and their rights. Respecting their confidentiality and privacy is also another principle that should govern your reporting.”