LOCAL MEDIA SEMINARS: A rights-based journalism for children is possible

News | 05 November 2021
The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Turkey, jointly with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), held the first of local media seminars last week in Duzce, one of the project’s provinces, under the ILO’s Program on Elimination of Child Labour in Turkey. The seminar aimed to create awareness on news-reporting practices focusing on the rights of children in seasonal agriculture.

Held on Tuesday, 26 October 2021 in Düzce, the seminar was jointly organized by the project “Elimination of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture” funded by the European Union and the project “Integrated Model for "Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey” funded by the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionary Industries (CAOBISCO).

The opening remarks were delivered by Mr. İbrahim Demircan, Head of Department of Employment Policies, General Directorate of Labour of MoLSS, and the thematic discussions on rights-based journalism for children were moderated by Prof.Dr. Mr. Nezih Orhon of the Faculty of Communications, Anadolu University.

Media is a powerful tool on the formation and dissemination of public opinions, and it could enable potential social transformation. Given this fact, the topics addressed in the seminar included prevalent trends and issues in the news-making practices relating to child labour in seasonal agriculture. The seminar aimed to serve as a productive platform with contributions from local press networks and communication faculties in the provinces. Participants in the seminar delved into some patterns in news reporting on child labour such as framing of the news content as singular cases with emotional tone and with absence of cause and effect relationship. Participants also discussed the possibilities of news reporting that focuses on children’s rights.

Background

ILO’s Child Labour Programme of 2021-2025 supports, in cooperation with MoLSS, national partners to eliminate the worst forms of child labour through focusing on quality education as the primary strategy to end child labour, and effectively enforcing the legislation, promoting social protection and supporting social dialogue.

Projects being implemented under the Programme aim to outreach both children in and those under risk of child labour, provide children with education and care services at social support centres and schools, thereby contribute to children’s social development and continuation in education. Projects also provide advice and counselling to family members of seasonal agricultural workers to avoid child labour, and aim to strengthen inter-institutional coordination mechanisms to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

Projects under ILO’s Child Labour Programme of 2021-2025: