Ethical guidelines for journalists reporting on child victims of abuse and violence

Ethical guidelines for journalists reporting on child victims of abuse and violence

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Ethical guidelines have been issued for reporting on child victims of abuse and violence. The guidelines were released yesterday. Its intent is to solicit the highest contribution of media institutions in safeguarding and improving the rights of children. Emphasis has been laid on the institution of strict legal action against the revelation of the identity of children in abuse cases. The introduction of these ethical guidelines to journalists of media institutions took place under the patronage of Minister Gayantha Karunatilake in Colombo. Among those who joined in this occasion was State Minister Rosie Senanayake and Secretary to the Mass Media Ministry Karunaratne Paranavithana. It was emphasized on this occasion the importance of always respecting and honouring the rights of children. The need to direct more attention on the reportage of child abuse incidents was also stressed on the occasion.