Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / San Pedro: UNOCI sensitizes journalists on respect for children’s dignity and integrity





Côte d’Ivoire / San Pedro: UNOCI sensitizes journalists on respect for children’s dignity and integrity



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 3, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), on 25 February 2010, organized a meeting with professional journalists in San Pedro, to sensitize them on child protection, in accordance with the Ivorian code of professional ethics.


Organized by UNOCI’s Child Protection Unit and Public Information Office, the meeting was held at the Mission’s headquarters in San Pedro, situated 368 km west of Abidjan.


Magloire Agoua, Child Protection Officer in San Pedro, appealed to journalists “to search for balance between the protection of children’s private lives, freedom of speech and the publication of information regarding the Convention on children’s rights”.


UNOCI’s Public Information Officer in San Pedro, Almudena Martinez, stressed the need for the code of professional ethics to be respected. The Code’s Article 10 states that one of the duties of journalists is to respect the private lives of people, “especially in the case of children”. Referring to pictures of victims of child abuse that were published in media, she said that the treatment by journalists of these abuses, which were sometimes shocking, were a violation of children’s dignity.


Mr. Joseph Tayé, chief of radio San Pedro, welcomed the initiative taken by UNOCI. He said that in the journalistic profession, certain notions were not always well-known. He suggested that this kind of meeting, which contributes to the capacity-building of the press, should be organized more frequently in the Bas Sassandra region.




Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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