Home 9 Children and the media 9 Children meet editors and journalist on fair reporting

Children meet editors and journalist on fair reporting

Children In The Media
18 Dec, 2017
Local editors and journalists with an interest on children news met with children to discuss ways in which the media can best report kids stories.

Local editors and journalists with interest on children news met with children to discuss ways in which the media can best report kids stories.

Participants who are members of MISA Lesotho’s Children in Media project told editors and journalists that their issues are well covered.

“I don’t listen to local radio stations anymore because they are irrelevant to my life” so said Mokhali Shale a child participant at a breakfast meeting held in Maseru on the 14th December, 2017.

“All we need is training and parental guidance to conduct radio programmes.” So said another child Tlotliso Seakhoa, adding that as children they have a lot to say and parents should speak on their behalf.

The meeting was officiated by UNICEF Lesotho representative Dr. Nadi Albino and the Minister of Social Development, Matebatso Doti who ordered editors present to provide a clearly defined strategy on reporting children stories by 1st January, 2018.

The minister said the media is strategically positioned to help the government make informed decisions and policies in the implementation of Children’s Protection and Welfare Act of 2011. The Act’s section 14 guarantees Right of Opinion and the minister argues that it is only when the media provides enough space to children that the right will be enjoyed.

The meeting was organized by MISA Lesotho with a financial support of UNICEF Lesotho and is part of a series of activities that the gathered children will implement until March, 2018 in continued commemoration of World Children’s Day.

Upcoming event will be conducting of a mini survey on the Use of Social Media Among Children whose report will inform development of country wide project of the use of social media among children.

Children in the Media Project began in 2010 with children focus group discussion which led to magazine called Children’s Voice. Along with Children’s Voice magazine the children contributed articles to In the Zone newsletter which was a Southern African Development Community (SADC) region children publication with writers from Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

Share this

Related news

Celebrating 100 years of Radio

Celebrating 100 years of Radio

To all media outlets MISA Lesotho issues this statement in commemoration of the World Radio Day 2024, celebrated worldwide today. Globally, radio is being celebrated for the 100 years of its existence - still a trusted medium of information exchange among members of...

These are the ideals for which we are prepared to die

These are the ideals for which we are prepared to die

We, at MISA Lesotho, wish to address a matter of utmost importance that has compelled us to take action in defense of constitutional principles and the rule of law. In light of recent developments concerning the reinstatement of dead parliamentary business, we have...

MISA Lesotho elects new Governing Council

MISA Lesotho elects new Governing Council

By Rethabile Anastacia Khabele The newly elected Chairperson of the Lesotho Chapter of Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Lesotho), Mr Kananelo Boloetse, has undertook to take the Institute on the “new heights.” Boloetse was addressing tens of members of MISA...