Children’s rights must be protected at all levels, in particular, in the mass media - Національна рада України з питань телебачення і радіомовлення

Children’s rights must be protected at all levels, in particular, in the mass media

On 12 January the “Holos Ukraiiny” (“Voice of Ukraine”) published the Recommendations to the mass media on respecting children’s rights, approved by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy on 23 December 2015. This document represents the output of the discussions held by a wide community related to the matter of children’s participation in programmes, publicising information about underage children that can impair their moral and physical health and further life.

The document contains requirement concerning a consent of parents or guardians to participate in a programme or to reveal any information about a child. Also it mentions the aspects of mass media work with children that have become victims or witnesses of crimes, or have committed crimes or offences. The warning related to participation of children in armed conflicts emphasizes that cases of children’s participation in paramilitary groups and in armed hostilities covered in the mass media by way of combat heroism example is contrary to applicable legislation of Ukraine, as well as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

In the short run the National Council plans to carry out a working meeting with the participation of the management representatives of TV and radio organisations, scientists and psychologists in order to establish the position for the practical application of the mentioned methodological recommendations. They should become guidelines not only for national broadcasters but also for companies that work at the regional level.

As of today, the Recommendations are officially submitted to the National Council by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy.

Подати запит
на публічну інформацію
Детальніше