Media orientation on guide fpr media practitioners
28 April 2011TESDA Conference RoomBYFISCAL JOSEF ALBERT COMILANGOffice of the Regional Prosecutor, Region IV
RATIONALE one of the landmarks of ademocratic society is the access toinformation on matters of publicconcern the right of the people toinformation on matters of publicconcern shall be recognized
RATIONALE media provides the means for afree market of ideas the challenge to mediapractitioners is to carry out theirduty of informing the publiceffectively at the same time awareof the need to protect andenhance the rights of the child
RATIONALE the Guide is intended to raisemedia awareness on issuesconcerning the rights of the childand at the same time reinforcejournalistic standards thru self-regulation contribute to the protection andpromotion of these rights
DECLARATION OF STATE POLICY 1987 Constitution , Staterecognizes the sanctity of familylife and shall protect andstrengthen the family as a basicinstitution
DECLARATION OF STATE POLICY The State recognizes the vitalrole of the youth in nation-building and shall promote andprotect their physical, moral,spiritual, intellectual and socialwell-being.
DECLARATION OF STATE POLICY The State, in the exercise ofparens patriae, has the inherentduty to defend and care for itscitizens including children
DECLARATION OF STATE POLICY Children need special safeguardsand care due to their size,vulnerability and young age. The UN has recognized thatchildren need special care andprotection.
DECLARATION OF STATE POLICY Children as victims of abuse andthose who are in conflict with thelaw need to be shielded frominappropriate media coverage andunwarranted publicity. Reporting of their cases shouldbe done in a manner that wouldpromote their best interest.
LEGAL BASES Presidential Decree No. 603(Child and Youth Welfare Code) Republic Act No. 7610 (SpecialProtection of Children AgainstChild Abuse, Exploitation andDiscrimination Act)
LEGAL BASES Republic Act No. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) Republic Act No. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women andTheir Children Act of 2004)
LEGAL BASES Republic Act No. 9344 (JuvenileJustice and Welfare Act of 2006) Rule on Examination of ChildWitnesses
COVERAGE AND DEFINITIONS media practitioners-refers to allpersons who are involved in anyform of mass media, includinginternet, and are not limited toeditors, publishers, reporters,columnists, program contentproducers and directors and filmcontent producers and directors.
COVERAGE AND DEFINITIONS child-refers to a person beloweighteen (18) years of age or one whois eighteen (18) years of age or overbut is unable to fully take care of orprotect himself/herself from abuse,neglect, cruelty, exploitation ordiscrimination because of a physical ormental disability or condition.
COVERAGE AND DEFINITIONS child victim- is a child who sufferedfrom abuse, exploitation, neglect anddiscrimination (e.g. sexual, physical,emotional, verbal, psychological,economic). The term includesChildren Involved in Armed Conflict(CIAC)
COVERAGE AND DEFINITIONS Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL)-refers to a child who is alleged as,accused of, or adjudged as, havingcommitted an offense underPhilippine laws
COVERAGE AND DEFINITIONS Child Witness- is any person who atthe time of giving testimony is belowthe age of eighteen (18) years
Principle 1Children have an absolute rightto privacy.
Principle 2The child’s dignity must berespected at all times.
Principle 3Children have the right to beheard. Access to media bychildren should be encouraged.
Principle 4The mass media is a partner inthe promotion of child’s rightsand the prevention of childdelinquency and is encouragedto relay consistent messagesthrough a balanced approach.
Journalistic activity whichtouches on the lives andwelfare of children must becarried out with sensitivity andappreciation of the vulnerablesituation of the chidren, so thatchildren are not re-victimizedor re-traumatized.