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May 22, 2008 - Posted by Sue Ferguson
British solicitor Amber Melville-Brown reviews recent court challenges dealing with the rights of children not to be photographed when in a public space. Her examples include cases launched by celebrities and lay-persons, and reveal the degree of confusion and contradiction surrounding the issue. The question she poses at the outset, "Whose responsibility is the privacy of our children: government, the courts, parents? Or the media?" is clearly still a matter of some disagreement. (Published in British Journalism Review 2007: 18; 27)
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
This is a UNICEF sponsored booklet discussing the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on journalists working with children. It covers, among other things, children with disabilities, child labour, issues of identity, children’s opinions, children who are wards of the state.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
Journalists dealing with children and family issues should be familiar with this set of standards and obligations regarding childhood. It spells out the basic set of human rights agreed upon internationally in 1989. Articles 13, 16 and 17 are of particular interest to journalists and other members of the media. One hundred and ninety-three countries, including Canada, are signatories to the Convention. Notably, the US is not. Neither is Somalia. The 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child can be found here.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
This set of guidelines is intended to help journalists navigate the ethical waters of reporting on and writing about children. It attempts to balance the best interests of children with the journalist’s mandate to serve the public interest.
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