Guyana Media Guidelines for Reporting Interpersonal Violence

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The World Health Organization defines interpersonal violence as "intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.' Interpersonal violence therefore included; threatening or abusive language, various forms of stalking and threats including use of technology, physical violence, psychological and emotional abuse, murder. economic and other privations. Harassing someone to harm themselves is also noted in this definition.

The media play a crucial role in disseminating reliable information on matters of public importance. However the media may sometimes demonstrate a tendency to offer their audiences inadequate or distorted representation of the extent and nature of a crime especially relating to interpersonal violence. The impact that reporting may have on a community understanding, attitudes and behaviours can be positive or negative. Media Guidelines are therefore needed to encourage accurate, sensitive and responsible coverage of Interpersonal Violence ( which is also referred to as Domestic Violence).

The Media in Guyana are committed to self regulation. Guidelines provide an opportunity to further educate the media ( journalists, editors, producers, broadcasters, bloggers, videographers and photographers) on practicing responsible journalism. Guidelines therefore do not seek to impose external regulations on the media but to support their self-regulation by providing a framework for informing their choices to support their practice.



Media, Interpersonal Violence, Reporting, Domestic Violence

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