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Media Urged to be More Responsible on HIV Reporting

Dimapur, India

A Media workshop on ‘building perspectives on HIV/AIDS’ was held today in Dimapur, organised jointly by the Dimapur Press Club, Centre for Advocacy and Research and Nagaland State AIDS Control Society supported by the UNDP Initiative.

DPC President Dilip Sharma spoke on the response of HIV and AIDS in Nagaland and media. Sharma said the media in Nagaland needs to move beyond reporting on facts and figures. He called for better interaction and be informed about developments taking place in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Sharma added it is the duty of the media to do more investigations with regards to reporting on the issue.

Aarthi Pai, Head of Programme at the Centre for Advocacy and Research conducted the session on HIV and Reporting. Pai held discussions with journalists on reporting for HIV and AIDS. Urging reporters to keep constant updates on the terminologies in the case of reporting on HIV and AIDS, she spelled out a number of words which are considered “derogatory and sensitive” and should be avoided. Pai urged Reporters not to compromise on the ethics of reporting on HIV and AIDS. She also dwelt at length about the guidelines laid down by the Press Council of India on reporting on HIV and AIDS.

W. C Humtsoe, Executive Director, BYWCD spoke on scaling up response for high risk groups. He also called for greater involvement of the media in the fight against AIDS. Father Ando of the Development Associate Nagaland spoke on the church’s perspective about addressing the epidemic. Representative from Nagaland Positive peoples’ Network also highlighted some of its objectives and urged the support of the community including the media.

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Source: Morung Express

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