Children's Institute Hosts Media Workshop on Ethically Reporting on Violence Against Children

29 May 2019 - 10:30

WOODSTOCK, CAPE TOWN, 22 May 2019— The Children's Institute and Media Monitoring Africa hosted 21 journalists at a media training workshop on Ethically Reporting on Violence Against Children in Cape Town 22 May 2019. The workshop was intended as a hands-on, practical training to empower reporters who cover stories and cases involving children with knowledge and skills in children's rights, ethics and the law surrounding children. 

The gathering, which took place one week prior to the start of Child Protection Week, took a special focus on reporting on corporal punishment – an emotive topic which can be influenced by journalists’ personal, cultural or religious beliefs. Currently, a Constitutional Court ruling is pending on the unconstitutionality of the common law defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ which practically allows parents to hit their children as a form of discipline.