Rights, Childhood and the Public Agenda

rightTo transform reality requires prior knowledge and discussion of that reality on the basis of objective data. To this end, a cornerstone of the work developed by the ANDI Latin America Network involves monitoring and analyzing the coverage of the rights of children and adolescents provided by the principal media outlets in the region. The objective of these efforts is to contribute to more socially responsible and proactive journalism capable of effectively influencing the formulation of public policies involving children and adolescents.

The monitoring of the Latin American press undertaken since 2004 is based on a pioneering methodology developed over ten years ago in Brazil by the News Agency for Children’s   Rights (Agência de Notícias dos Direitos da Infância – ANDI). The data generated from this effort have contributed to national reports on different aspects of journalistic work in the Network member countries.

This publication represents another step forward in this process by providing a critical comparative analysis of the editorial treatment of issues relating to children and adolescents in  various Latin American newspapers. The data were compiled in 2005 from the monitoring of 125 daily publications in ten countries. Developed by the member Agencies of the ANDI  Latin America Network and ANDI’s monitoring and statistical staff, the study serves as a baseline for evaluating the quantitative and qualitative evolution of print media coverage. This  will make it possible to assess the impact of the actions undertaken by the various social players by ensuring increased visibility of the fulfillment of the fundamental rights of individuals  under age 18 – the principal and most vulnerable population group on the continent.

On behalf of the ANDI Latin America Network, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of all those who contributed to the success of the project – and particularly the support provided by our strategic allies, without whose contribution this study would not have been possible.


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