Journalists Play An Important Role In Reporting Domestic Violence

"Senior DC Judge Talasa urged the journalists not to take lightly the stories that they are sharing..."

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Translated from Faa-Samoa files

“Journalists play a very important role when it comes to reporting domestic violence cases.”

This point was emphasized by Senior District Court Judge Talasa Atoa-Saaga, at the closing of a 4-day Media Training for Reporting Domestic Violence workshop.

Senior DC Judge Talasa urged the journalists not to take lightly the stories that they are sharing and to take seriously the importance of language used when reporting, so as not to re-victimise those involved.

“When the trial is over, the victim should not feel discouraged. The author should send a message to encourage them and let them know that there is an opportunity and another step to move forward.”

“A ma’ea atu le faamasinoga ae e lē o iai se lagona faavaivai i lē o loo aafia, ae o loo momoli atu e le tusitala se feau e faamalosi ai i lē ua aafia ma latou iloa ai, o loo iai le avanoa ma le isi sitepu mo le agai luma..”

The Media Training for Reporting Domestic Violence was put together by UNESCO.