The Hrant Dink Foundation set up in 2007 as a non-governmental organization aims to fight discrimination and prejudices between different social and political groups with different ethnic or racial characteristics. The Foundation aims to build dialogue, tolerance and cooperation in the society.
Media can be defined as a source of information and agenda and perception setting parameter in today’s world. The governments need media both mainstream and digital media than ever, in an information era.
The Hrant Dink Foundation’s report about the representation of children in Turkish print media- June 2018 has been newly published. For this report, in terms of methodology, a set of keywords had been constituted and a scan of print media had been made.
The report of the Hrant Dink Foundation about the representation of children in the print media had a data set including eight newspapers (Birgün, Hürriyet, Karar, Cumhuriyet, Ortadoğu, Yenişafak, Sözcü and Sabah newspapers). 2459 news articles and columns had been taken under analysis.
According to the introduction part of the report, the term “child” (also evaluating it as some sort of class) does not refer to a homogenous group. The term “child” according to the report is a social construct.
The report underlines that, the United Nations Charter of Children Rights is not respected in many countries. The Hrant Dink Foundation Report also stresses the fact that the media plays a key role in setting agenda and perception.
As known, the 30 % of world population consist of children. Surprisingly, the representation of children in media is only 5 per cent of all other representations. In the report under consideration, it is stated that three patterns of media representation had been viewed: These are: the violence-related news; children under threat news and children in the context of culture, art and sports news.
In the Hrant Dink Report, it is stressed that most of the time, the representation of children had been accompanied with dramatic sociological news like murders or poverty etc.
Finally, the report stresses that a brand new approach in representing children in both print and visual media is needed. This need in fact is the responsibility for politicians, journalists and news agencies as well.
For the report please click here.Author : Begum Burak