Media should refrain from publishing 'insensitive' images of wom

13 Feb 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa has urged the media to refrain from broadcasting and publishing images of women who were killed.
Nghidinwa was speaking here on Thursday during the 2014 World Radio Day, saying the media should also guard against publishing or broadcasting “disturbing and negative” statements from members of the public regarding gender-based violence (GBV).
“People's (negative) attitudes on GBV issues should be discouraged and condemned at all levels,” she said.
The minister stressed that those who make negative statements regarding GBV on social media sites should be punished heavily.
“Negative attitudes regarding those issues are the main challenges the nation is currently experiencing now. People are now abusing their right of freedom of expression and abusing the rights of others, and this should stop,” said Nghidinwa.
She added that issues of gender equality are close to everybody's heart, and they need strategies for implementation from all institutions in the country.
The minister added that sometimes media practitioners are unaware of their responsibilities on the coverage of women.
“This year, we want the media to improve the coverage of gender issues,” she said.
Nghidinwa also advised women in media institutions to challenge their male counterparts in senior positions for those positions.