HIV/AIDS is not getting the coverage the story deserves, according to International Federation of Journalists president Christopher Warren. He was speaking at an IFJ Afrrca-Asia cross regional meeting on the reportin of HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh at which a research report was released. Warren said:
By increasing the quality and quantity of news reports on HIV/AIDS – particularly in the broadcast and regional media â€“ we can significantly slow the transmission of HIV. Simply put, more accurate and balanced information about prevention and transmission of HIV in the news media will save lives.
The report found that despite low levels of literacy among the populations most at risk there was greater coverage in print media than in broadcast media. They also found sensational and derogatory reporting, although coverage of orphans tended to be sympathetic.
It also calls for a sustained training programme for journalists.