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DCT Orients  Journalists on Child Marriages Reporting

Mtelera Mtelera - pic by Ronnex Chiwanda

Development Communications Trust (DCT) has called on journalists in the country to report objectively on issues concerning children and the youth  arguing their actions in such reports can perpetrate violence against minors.

DCT Executive Director, Prince Mtelera says media practitioners have a role to ensure that children are protected and not victimized in their stories.

"It is important for the journalists to be objective in their reporting, hence  the orientation," said Mtelera.

Mtelera  said journalists need to understand some of the cultural practices and values that are perpetuating child marriages so that they can ably report on these issues.

He made the remarks in Blantyre Tuesday during a media briefing on a pilot project the organization is implementing in Phalombe and Zomba districts.

Zomba-based Nation Publications Limited journalist, Holyce Kholowa, said  the orientation was timely owing to the knowledge gained.

DCT is implementing a project dubbed “Engaging Youth in Policy Advocacy and Reporting to address child marriages, harmful cultural practices and, gender-based violence with financial support from Unicef.

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