JOURNALISTS AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
A group of journalists and editors who fight violence against women in an organized, public, and emphatic manner.
The group advocates that in media reports of violence against women, this issue must be presented, treated, and examined as a social problem – to point out its causes, clearly condemn any form of violence, and call to account the perpetrators of violence and the institutions responsible for protection against violence.
The group was formed in 2017 by the United Nations Development Program – UNDP and the B92 Fund to improve media coverage of violence against women in Serbia, with the aim of providing citizens with objective information, devoid of sensationalism, about this prevalent social problem.
Guidelines for Media Reporting on Violence against Women
The Guidelines were prepared to assist journalists in reporting that contributes to prevention of violence against women and in educating the public through ethical and informative reporting about this problem. The Guidelines are a result of analyses and discussions of the group “Journalists against Violence”, established thanks to UNDP Serbia and the B92 Fund. The aim of the Guidelines is – on the one hand – to improve the quality of reporting on this topic and help resolve dilemmas that journalists who report on this issue often encounter, but also to eliminate, or at the very least reduce the level of the traumatization of women who’ve experienced violence, especially that which occurs as a consequence of media reporting on gender-based violence.
Due to their prominent influence on the formation of public opinion and their power to initiate changes in society, the media play one of the key roles in preventing and combating violence against women. In shaping the general picture of the role of women, and in building opinions on and taking an unequivocal stance against gender-based violence, the press, electronic media, and social networks can effect powerful positive change in preventing gender-based violence, or, at the very least, can highlight the problem, stimulate discussion, and raise the level of awareness on this issue and in doing so initiate progress.
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