Children should not be underestimated by the media #MediaFreedomWeek

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25 October 2019, Rosebank Killarney Gazette, Sarah Koning

Legal advisor to MMA Taryn Hinton said, “Our future is only secure if we report ethically on children.” She pointed out that 35 per cent of the South African population was below the age of 18 but they only received 10 per cent of media coverage.

“In most instances, we only see children in the extremes in the media… Journalists are too scared to meet the necessary legal requirements to report on children and then miss out on the deep richness of reporting on them,” added Hinton.

She said adults needed to listen to children’s views, take them seriously and take action.

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