The media can be a powerful ally for publicizing abuses against sex workers and messages for advocacy. Sex worker advocacy groups can monitor media coverage and reach out to members of the media to help steer them away from sensationalist and exploitative portrayals of sex workers. Groups should take care when working with journalists to ensure that sex workers’ privacy is protected and that information is portrayed in a sensitive manner that accurately reflects the realities of sex workers’ lives. NGOs pressing for sex workers’ rights must also be sensitive to the way the media works and should take care to ensure that sex workers’ privacy is protected when stories are shared with journalists. Below you will find tools for ensuring confidentiality, and training materials for improving journalists’ sensitivity and ability to communicate news stories in ways that accurately reflect the realities of sex workers’ lives.
The Guide has been compiled for journalists and writers involved in reporting on sex work. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry in South Africa and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images and respectful interviewing techniques. You can read the guide in English >>HERE.
An article by Katherine Koster, Communication Director from Sex Workers Outreach Project with a few tips to the media about how to ethically report on sex work: Stop publishing the mugshots, full names and addresses of people arrested for prostitution. Check your source’s stats and research! Ask questions, especially about race, class and collateral damage. Use multiple […]
It combines some general tools and techniques of working with various media – print, TV, radio – with applied messages that concern the health and human rights of sex workers. Media and advocacy manual_swan
This manual is designed to give you pointers on how to prepare your journalist sensitization seminars, how to deliver the seminars and how to follow-up once they are done. It is meant to help guide you and give you a suggested structure that you can adapt and fill-in according to the issues, priorities and context […]