Ethical reporting on children affected by violence

18 Jun 2019 - 19:15
Photos: Children's Institute, UCT


Given the high levels of violence against children which often make news headlines, colleagues from UCT’s Children’s Institute in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa hosted a workshop for members of the media on the ethics of reporting on children. The gathering, which took place shortly before the start of Child Protection Week, took a special focus on reporting on corporal punishment – an emotive topic which can be influenced by journalists’ personal, cultural or religious beliefs. Currently, a Constitutional Court ruling is pending on the unconstitutionality of the common law defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ which allows parents to hit their children as a form of discipline. 

Read more in this report by one of the partiicipants, Leigh Andrews, published online by