Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Committee on the Rights of the Child Condemns Sensationalist Media Coverage of Child Abuse
At its sitting held on 8 May, the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia condemned the sensationalist and unprofessional media coverage of domestic violence and especially child abuse.
This is not the first instance of abuse of privacy of the victim in the media and consequently abuse of the media code and human dignity itself.
Since the media plays a key role in fighting domestic violence and especially child abuse, we believe that reports should focus on protecting the victim and bringing to light problems which should not be wept under the carpet, not on how to use misfortune to boost sales.
Therefore, the Committee calls on the Government’s Council for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, Ombudsman, Commissioner for Protection of Equality and the Press Council (as an independent body comprising editors, media proprietors and journalists) to react and prevent sensationalist reporting on instance of child abuse.
10.00 - Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality Natasa Tasic Knezevic speaks at the conference Business and Human Rights (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Small Hall)
10.00 - the PFG with Israel meets with the representatives of the Israeli Embassy in Serbia (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, library)
14.30 - press conference of MP Aleksandar Jerkovic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)