The media and children's rights- guidebook for journalists representing children in the media

Media Wise / United Nations (UN) Children's Fund (UNICEF) , 2005

This guidebook was written to assist media professionals and others to consider how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child might impact upon the way children are represented in and by the media. Based on the practical experience of working journalists, it aims to generate responsible coverage of children and the impact of adult behaviour and decisions on their lives, as well as to encourage media professionals to consider how best to protect the rights of children and help children to play a role in the mass media.

The handbook outlines two milestones for children's rights: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and A World Fit for Children, the declaration adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002. It contains International Federation of Journalists guidelines and over 60 useful international contacts for journalists seeking facts, figures, quotes and advice about children's rights.

Key topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

children with disabilities
child labour
children and armed conflict
children's health and welfare
the child's identity
children's opinions and civil freedoms
children and the media.
This is a revised version of the 1999 edition.

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