India Sets New Rules for Media Reporting on HIV/AIDS
November 17, 2008
The Press Council of India on Sunday announced revised guidelines for journalists covering HIV and AIDS issues. The council said journalists should not disclose the identity of HIV/AIDS patients; use the term "scourge" in reports about the disease; or use hidden cameras to show HIV/AIDS patients, including the sick and dying. The council also discouraged conflating HIV with AIDS, as "HIV is not synonymous with AIDS." The 1993 PCI guidelines were revised following a petition by the National Network of Positive People. NNPP objected to the media's visual depiction of two HIV-positive children and false reports that one of the children had died. A court subsequently called for the revision of the guidelines.
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