July 20, 2013 : India: Butterflies Organises a consultation on Children and the Media in New Delhi

Butterflies organises a Consultation on Children and the Media


Butterflies, New Delhi organized a consultation on Children and the Media at the India Islamic Cultural Center on the 19th of July 2013. The consultation was held with an objective to find interfaces between the media and NGOs that work with children in order to explore a viable code of Ethics for the Media’s reportage, coverage and participation of children.

The Consultation was organized as part of an ongoing project that Butterflies has been implementing with support from the European Union and CIAI, ISCOS-CISL, Italy. The project is titled ‘Civil Society Alliance for Child Rights in South Asia’ and has been working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India towards strengthening the capacities and advocacy and communication strengths of grassroots NGO members of the South Asian Alliance of Grassroots NGOs (SAAGN). (Please visit us at
Media persons from several media houses participated in the consultation which had panelists from IIMC, New Delhi as well as eminent mass media academics and practitioners including Prof. Gita Bamezai, Prof. Srivastava and Dr. Navneet Anand.

The proceedings for the consultation involved interactions on the past and existing coverage of stories on children carried by the media and ways in which civil society organizations and media houses can work closely towards protecting the privacy and dignity of children, as victims of abuse or crisis and as consumers of mass media.

All present at the gathering accepted the need for many more such interfaces to be created to bridge the trust deficit and protect the rights of children by NGOs and journalists and media personnel.

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