LA PAZ, 6 July, 2004 - In the Auditorium of the National Journalists Association in La Paz the launching took place yesterday of the National News Agency for the Rights of the Child (ANNI – Bolivia).
The institutions supporting this project are the News Agency for the Rights of the Child (ANDI BRAZIL),the Bolivian Youth Centre for Education and Communication (ECO JOVENES), executing the project, the AVINA Foundation and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
This institution for communication which forms part of the ANDI Network and exists in eight other Latin American countries will systematically monitor, carry out research and train journalists and communications media with a focus on the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent.
One of the challenges this agency will face is to contribute to generate a culture amongst journalists to promote and defend the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent, as well as to make visible, parting from the media, the vulnerable situation and the disadvantages faced by the majority of children and adolescents, presenting solutions with equity and respecting intercultural differences.
The children and adolescents subjected to this journalistic coverage by the mass media become objects of public interest, but this collective interest should not ignore the link with ethical and juridical elements forming part of both journalistic practice as well as of the rights of the child and adolescent.
Thus journalists and communications media are obliged to take them into account, to know about them and to register their situation in a veridical and ethical way contributing to a change of values, based on respect for their rights.
Various personalities participated in this event, together with communications media, members of social organizations, and also members of the Consultative Council of ANNI - Bolivia, formed by outstanding Bolivian communicators such as Luis Ramiro Beltrán, Ana María Romero de Campero and Carmen Beatriz Ruiz.
For further information please contact:
Clara M. Barona, Communication Officer UNICEF-BOLIVIA
Telephone nos: (591-2) 2770222 - 2770103 ext.184
Eva Sánchez, Volunteer Communication Section UNICEF-BOLIVIA
Telephone nos: (591-2) 2770222 – 2770103 ext. 302