Event to focus on children's rights in press

Journalists
are being invited to a conference being run by social care charity
Quarriers, in association with press ethics group MediaWise, to examine
how children are portrayed in the media, and what responsibilities the
press holds in this area.

The event, Children’s Rights Vs. Press Freedom, is being held on 11 November at The Forum in Bath.

Speakers will include Media Secretary Tessa Jowell, Lynn Geldof from Unicef and MediaWise director Mike Jempson.

Topics to be covered include identification of children in the media, legal proceedings and child protection.

Quarriers
development manager David Niven said: “Press freedom and the
representation of children in the media have increasingly become more
complicated and contentious in recent years. Many people are concerned
about the impact on children’s rights.

“Regulations controlling
press freedom and the media exist, but the interpretation of these
guidelines on press freedom seems to be constantly open to question and
children’s rights may not always be fully observed.”

More details can be obtained at www.quarriersforum.net

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