The Children’s Authority has criticized a local radio station for an alleged “fake” interview.
The Authority says it became aware of a morning talk show segment in which an interviewee detailed punishments against her children.
It contacted the media house to substantiate the claims of alleged abuse, only to be told that the interview was a “play to create awareness” and was not actual events.
The Authority claims that at no time during or after the interview, did the presenters notify its audience that the interview was fake or an enactment.
It believes such tactics goes against the Principles of Ethical Journalism, and is also salacious and irresponsible.
The Authority is now calling on the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to investigate this matter.
It is also calling for the implementation of a national Code of Ethics for all media houses and for all media houses to adopt the guide published by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, entitled “Our Children, Our Media”.