Mr Caesar Abagali, Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) has advised journalists to tone down on political reporting and concentrate more on issues affecting children.
He gave the advice when making a presentation on the Code of Ethics of Journalists on the Rights of Children at a consultation meeting with journalists in Tamale organized by Child Rights International, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with GJA and funded by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
The meeting, attended by journalists drawn from the Northern Region, was to update their knowledge on the rights of children to enable them to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in their reportage on children.
Mr Abagali who is also the Regional Manager for the Ghana news Agency, argued that it was more rewarding reporting on issues affecting children since such reports could help to secure the future of especially underprivileged children.
He said children faced a lot of challenges in society and even sometimes at the hands of their own families, requiring a voice that could liberate them hence the need to report on their plight.
Mr Innocent Kafembe, Communication Officer at the Field Office of UNICEF in Tamale assured of UNICEF’s continued commitment to working with journalists in the country to ensure that the rights and dignity of children were protected.
Mr Kafembe emphasized that the protection of children should be everyone’s responsibility especially journalists as their reports could help to positively shape the attitude of members of the public towards children.