How the media is protecting children’s rights in Georgia
19 November, 2010. Tbilisi, Georgia. On the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child the round-table discussion about reporting on children and media ethics in Georgia was held on 19 November at the Media Frontline Club. The discussion was led by the prominent Georgian journalists Ia Antadze and Zviad Koridze who highlighted major areas of concern in regard to child-friendly reporting and brought the specific examples from the local media. The audience included active journalists, heads of newsrooms, editors, representatives of the public defenders’ office, media associations and international organizations, university teachers and students.
The discussion was focused on the following topics: highlighting correct angles while reporting on children, what is the newsworthy for the audience; identification and breach of child confidentiality issues; and how to address stigma and stereotyped reporting.
The ways on how to address the above issues were also discussed and the specific action points were elaborated like intensifying trainings for journalists on such issues as defining the best interests of children, what is the story, stigma and stereotypes, child confidentiality, as well as strengthening media self regulation mechanisms on children.
The head of the information service on one of the Georgia’s independent TV station said after the meeting: “We will be more careful now and will try not to make mistakes and if we still do, will try to address these flaws as soon as possible. After the Round-table at the Media Frontline Club I am on alert when it comes to reporting on children.”
The round-table discussions on child-friendly reporting will continue and UNICEF is committed to supporting the Georgian media through trainings and strengthening media self-regulation mechanisms.
UNICEF is on the ground in 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.
Frontline Georgia is a media club that aims to serve as a politically-neutral venue for journalists, public officials, students, intellectuals come together in a dialogue over media, social, political and cultural issues important for Georgia and the region. Frontline Georgia holds talks, screenings, exhibitions, conferences and master classes. Frontline Georgia is a part of London-based Frontline Club, which served as its inspiration.
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