Media Releases

Children’s Authority calls for an end to irresponsible reporting of children

Date: 2016-09-07

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is appealing to the media to desist from identifying children who are victims and/or witnesses of a crime

The Authority notes that the media continue to publish images and information that identify children, including their names, ages and the community in which they reside.

This practice places children and their family at risk of retribution and harm and subjects them to even further trauma and humiliation. It can also negatively impact the child’s recovery and may compromise related criminal proceedings.

The Authority is once again calling on the media to act responsibly in their reporting of incidents involving children, including those who are victims. The media must at all times take the necessary steps to minimise psychological trauma to children and exercise discretion in the degree of explicit detail contained in reports concerning child victims.

The Authority reminds media managers that the guide for journalists, recently published by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and UNICEF, states that the media are “partners in protecting children’s rights”.  As a result, the Authority is hopeful that the guidelines provided by ACM will be adhered to when reporting on children’s issues, especially those in need of care and protection.