Handbook for Ethical Reporting on and for Children
A clear set of ethics is essential for ensuring the professionalism of journalists and enabling them to fulfill their moral responsibility to people and to truth. The Handbook for Ethical Reporting on and for Children has been produced by UNICEF Bangladesh together with The Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) and presents a holistic overview of journalistic ethics with a particular emphasis on reporting on and for children. Journalism is multi-dimensional, just like life. Every new situation demands a new approach and every decision must be taken based on the specifics of that particular situation. This handbook has been designed as a quick reference tool to assist journalists, editors and media gatekeepers to negotiate ethical dilemmas and practice their profession with the best interests of children firmly in mind. After reading this handbook, media professionals should not only be more aware of how to avoid/mitigate the damaging effects of media on children, but should be better able to recognize and cater for children as legitimate consumers of media products. The contents of this handbook was partly informed by the results of a Baseline Study: Children in Bangladesh News Media.