November 28, 2008

NEWS / RESOURCES: Guide out on kids’ coverage by media (PHILIPPINES)

Guide out on kids' coverage by media

By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The government's special committee for the Protection of Children has launched revised guidelines for media reporting and coverage of children's cases.

"Children need special safeguards and care due to their size, vulnerability and young age," says the nine-page guide, citing the state's policy on the protection of children.

Those who need "special protection" are children who are victims of abuse and those in conflict with the law, the guide says.

"(They) need to be shielded from inappropriate media coverage and unwarranted publicity. The reporting of their cases should be done in a manner that would promote their best interest," it says.

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