Secondary victimization of children by the media: An analysis of perceptions of victims and journalists

 

 
Author(s)Tandon, Neeti.
Title Secondary victimization of children by the media: An analysis of perceptions of victims and journalists
Source International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, July-December 2007, Vol 2, Issue 2, pp 119-135
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Coverage India
Summary This study examined the way journalists conducted interviews with children in India, together with any legal requirements, and how children might be victimised due to inappropriate reporting practices. The study was conducted through content analysis and by administering questionnaires. Although there was only a small sample size, including thirty-two child victims who were administered questionnaires by counsellors, there were some significant results. About 91% of the victims had no prior experience with dealing with media and 65% of victims felt that the journalist who contacted them showed insensitivity. A number of recommendations are made, including the recognition of the importance for formal training for journalists in India, formulating regulations regarding reporting on children and increased awareness of ethical practices in reporting.
Keywords Media; children; ethics; regulations; victimisation; journalists.
Topic

Media