Shillong: A one-day regional level orientation workshop of North Eastern States on Child Rights for media personnel was held in Shillong on Tuesday and was organised by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
The workshop was organised in collaboration with Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) and Seva Bharati Purbanchal (SBP).
MSCPCR chairperson Iamon M Syiem said such workshop for journalists will help in protecting the rights of children and such interactions should continue in the future.
Syiem said that media also plays an important role in highlighting the gaps in measures taken for prevention of crime against children and are also reporting cases which in turn help NCPCR to take suo- moto cognizance on violation of child rights and activating the authorities concerned in the process.
It witnessed the participation of journalists from Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur, Tripura and Assam, and discussions were held on critical aspects of various laws constituted for protection of child rights.
Senior Technical Expert, North East Cell, NCPCR, Paresh Shah mentioned that this workshop was the first and one of its kind. Shah elaborated on the technicalities of various laws to protect the rights of children. He discussed clauses of non-disclosure of the child in media platforms and the roles of media in protecting child rights. He said that different aspects of child rights are protected by laws in the country.
Shah emphasised the need for journalists to take adequate care while reporting in cases involving children in respect to publishing of child sexual abuse content, identity disclosure and other correlated issues.
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