The Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCC) on Saturday conducted a sensitisation programme for the journalists on issues related to children.
Justice, SS Saron, judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-executive chairman, Punjab Legal Service Authority, was the chief guest at the programme.
Saron highlighted that the electronic media has given a new dimension to the media. “Wrong reporting of cases are more detrimental and damaging than postponement of reporting. It is an important role of sub-editors to verify the report to maintain all the legal provisions that will ensure protection of child rights,” Saron said.
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Devi Sirohi , chairperson, CPCC, said the media is the fourth pillar of democracy. “Media usually reports on adult issues rather than children. The media should not only highlight issues relating to children, but also suggest solutions. In order to bring greater support, the media could also take up impact on children of new financial and social policies. The media needs to refrain from sensationalising news on children,” she said.
Sirohi added that the law prohibits the identity of child under POSCO Act and J&J Act.
She also underlined that children have the right to participation and be heard in matters concerning them.
The resource person for the occasion, Kannan Krishnaswamy, consultant-communications, said the children have the right to protection, development, survival and participation.
He also highlighted the need of a ethical framework in the media coverage of children’s issues and negative stereotypes. He also spoke on the methodology to be used while reporting which needs to include verification of fact’s objectivity, research-based and taking the opinion of different stakeholders on the incident.
The Constitution of India has Freedom of Press under Article 19(A) highlighted by the Jaswal, Member, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She also highlighted during opening remarks that the media is the watch-dog of society; it is important the freedom of the press is maintained. However, the media should work objectively, with sensitivity and exercise restraint where-ever required, especially on issues of children, she added.