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UNICEF holds landmark media training for Myanmar journalists

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Participants draft Code of Ethics, receive instruction on children’s rights

YANGON, 26 November 2004 – UNICEF has just concluded a two-week training course for 22 Myanmar journalists that focused on international-standard reporting skills, child-focused reporting and ethics for journalists.

It was the first time that most of the participating reporters had ever received formal media training.

“This is a historic moment for journalists in Myanmar,” said UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Carroll Long.  “It’s the first time that Myanmar’s young journalists have received training in child-focused reporting in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

The training, led by Australian journalist Virginia Moncrieff, was provided to reporters from ten local news journals, as well as a television correspondent and health workers involved with mass media activities.

On Wednesday, the group drafted a 13-point Code of Ethics following a lively discussion and debate.

“Being a journalist is being an important part of a global association,” said international media trainer Virginia Moncrieff.  “To know we all essentially share the same values is what empowers us all.”

Following the positive response from local journalists, UNICEF plans to offer a series of three additional media trainings in 2005.

“UNICEF is committed to helping Myanmar’s journalists bring children’s issues to light,” said UNICEF Representative Carroll Long.  “By helping Myanmar’s journalists develop child-friendly reporting skills, we’re taking an important step in this direction.”

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishes that children have the right to express their views and receive information on important matters.  Myanmar ratified the CRC in 1991

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For further information please contact:
Jason Rush, Communication Officer, UNICEF in Myanmar
Phone: (95 1) 212 086;  Fax: (95 1) 212 063 ; Email:  jrush@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

Myanmar Reporter's Manual


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Myanmar Reporter's Manual

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Myanmar Journalists' Code of Ethics

This code of ethics was drafted by a group of Myanmar journalists attending a meeting in the James P. Grant Hall, UNICEF Myanmar, on 24 November 2004.
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Myanmar Journalists' Code of Ethics

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UNICEF ethical guidelines

UNICEF ethical guidelines for reporting on children
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