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UNICEF, journalists alliance call for protecting children online

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, December 1, 2016  /  09:51 am
UNICEF, journalists alliance call for protecting children online

Each year, the AJI-UNICEF Media Awards recognizes the best child rights reportage, with a special mention category. This year itĀ focusesĀ on the challenges of protecting children online. (Shutterstock/File)

The United Nations Children's Fund and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) announced the winners of the 2016 AJI-UNICEF Media Awards on Tuesday at the Ice Palace, Lotte Shopping Avenue in South Jakarta.

Each year, the competition recognizes the best child rights reportage with a special mention category. This year it is focusing on the challenges of protecting children online.

Out of the 339 entries received, which included print/online, photo, radio and television categories, the winners are Halimah Tusadiah from Net TV, Marhasak Reinardo Sinaga from LPP RRI Pontianak, Tri Joko Her Riadi from Harian Pikiran Rakyat and Lucky Pransiska from kompas.com. As for the special mention category, the award goes to Zulfikar Husein from viva.id with his article “Menyulap Facebook Menjadi Beasiswa” (Turning Facebook into Scholarship).  

(Read also: RI children and adolescents prone to cyberbullying)

UNICEF representative Gunilla Olsson said in a press release that journalists had a crucial role in raising awareness and fostering public debate related to children’s rights in Indonesia.

Regarding the special mention category, Olsson said 15 percent of Indonesians were internet users and most of them were young people. “While many of them are enjoying the benefits of the internet, they are also at risk from digital dangers, such as sexual abuse, bullying or privacy breaches. So it is especially important that the media monitors this emerging area of child rights.” (kes)

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