Journalists Cautioned in Reporting Rape Cases

first_imgThe former Prosecutor of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases at Criminal Court “E” at the Temple of Justice, Cllr. George Sagbeh, has cautioned journalists to be prudent in reporting on rape cases.The legal prosecutor at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) maintained that journalists should be keenly aware of the power of using (descriptive) language, especially at the beginning of reporting an incident of rape.Cllr. Sagbeh spoke at a 5-day training of media practitioners organized by UN Women held in Ganta, Nimba County recently.He said “Sexual violence is an act that someone is subjected to and the language used to describe the situation should show the non-consensual nature of the act. Journalists must write the story as it happens, and leave no room for doubt.”Cllr. Sagbeh, who served as one of the facilitators, said it is important for journalists to be careful in reporting rape cases because he or she is not a part of the incident and therefore they are not third-parties to the crime.The former SGBV prosecutor who has prosecuted rape cases for the last five years said journalists are not to report rape cases without using the police charge sheet, which he pointed out, is a document from the legal authority of said case and the story will be authentic.He said most of the communities are becoming sexually toxic quarters and “It is common for newspapers and radio outlets to use terms like sexual assault or sexual abuse when reporting on SGBV crimes.”The counselor said a sexual offense story has to be written or broadcast to attract the readers’ attention, using the when, where and how methods of reporting.He said in writing SGBV stories, journalists must know that sexual violence is a continuation of the behaviors that include but are not limited to rape and sexual assaults among other SGBV activities.Acts of sexual violence are crimes committed without consent, “sometimes with violence and coercion, sometimes against the most vulnerable among us,” he said.Cllr. Sagbeh called on members of the Liberia Media to stop writing ‘parochial stories’ that do not portray the actual story or the incident reported about because by doing that, the journalistic profession will be undermined and the credibility of the writer will be questioned by the public.The former SGBV prosecutor said the details of writing rape stories must usually be against the perpetrators, “But it is also important to avoid naming the victim.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOver ninety cyclists participating in the Malin to Mizen Garda charity cycle in memory of two Gardaí killed in the line of duty are beginning to arrive in Donegal. Former colleagues and friends of the late Gardai Robbie McCallion of Letterkenny Garda Station and Garda Gary McLoughlin of Buncrana Garda Station have taken part in the cycle which ends tomorrow.The cyclists left Claremorris early this morning, and began arriving in Donegal Town shortly after 12.30. Cyclists have travelled through Sligo, Bundoran, and Ballyshannon en-route to Donegal Town to finish today’s section at the Millpark hotel on the Killybegs Road.Cyclists will leave the Millpark Hotel tomorrow morning for the final leg of the cycles which concludes in Malin tomorrow.There will also be a celebratory function at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny tomorrow night, which starts at 8.30 pm.Tickets for the event are available at Letterkenny Garda Station. Benefiting Charities for the charity cycle in memory of the two Gardaí are outlined below.Donegal HospiceJack and kill foundationICU at Beaumont HospitalRoscommon Mayo Hospice Irish wheelchair centre RoscommonCYCLISTS ARRIVE IN DONEGAL IN HONOUR OF TRAGIC ROBBIE AND GARY was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more