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High Commissioner requests the national council to inspect "Inter" due to the program with 12-year-old child mother

18.10.2017, 15:38
The 12-year-old girl from Lvivska oblast who gave birth on September 17, participated in talk show. Office of the Parliamentary High Commissioner on human rights requests the National Council for TV and Radio broadcasting to conduct inspection of TV channel “Інтер” on adherence to legislation due to showing in the program “This concerns everyone”, where the rights of a minor, 12-year-old girl, were violated. This was reported in the interview  for “Detector media” by the representative of the High Commissioner for adherence to rights of children, non-discrimination and gender equality, Aksana Filipishina. “We request the National Council to conduct inspection, and, within the framework of the law “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” and the law “On National Council …”, to take measures to respond. If they impose any penalties, we are all for this”, Filipishina said. According to her, the office of Ombudsman sees in the story and its rendition, shown two times already at the TV channel “Inter”, violation of rights of the 12-year-old child. Filipishina explained, that the violation has several aspects. First, legal representatives authorized to represent children, abuse their rights. Giving consent on behalf of a child to participate in such shows and to disclose many personal things related to life of the minor, they commit offence against honor, dignity, and confidentiality of the minor. Also, the journalist and the host of the program Andriy Danylevych acted against the guidelines of ethics of journalism when he interviewed the minor in the program. Interviews of investigators regarding sexual offences against minors are normally conducted in so-called "green room", a safe background. Instead, in this case, it was made in a public setting, Filipishina said.
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