The NEWS (Monrovia)

13 December 2012

Liberia: SGBV Training Ends

The Liberia Media Center (LMC) and the Journalists for Human Rights have ended a two-day training on Sexual and Gender Based Violence for journalists in Monrovia.

Speaking at the close of the training, a trainer of the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Madam Pilar Cossio said journalists should report cases of sexual gender abuse of women and girls.

She said journalists should not compromise with families in reporting on rape and other violent acts because it serves as obstacles to the social economic development of communities and states.

"The media have a responsibility to highlight women who are performing important roles in society and the economy beyond traditional roles in home; to normalize the idea of women holding equal positions to men," she noted.

She urged the media to be mindful about what is reported and should be able to bring issues that are avoid of political and personal interest.

For his part, Ethan Baron, another JHR trainer said journalists should be careful of the usage of photo in stories.

He said journalists should not identity victims of SGBV without their informed consent, because personal descriptions and area of residence may be enough to identify that person to the perpetrators.

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