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Media Urged to Report Responsibly on HIV/AIDS Issues

Journalists in Papua New Guinea have been urged to report responsibly on HIV and AIDS issues.

On Tuesday, a pre-workshop for journalists was held by the National AIDS Council in Port Moresby, to prepare journalists for a two-day HIV Summit next month.

Workshop facilitator, Freda Taimbari, said most reporting used improper terminologies for victims of HIV and AIDS.

Taimbari said many issues will be discussed and presented during the 2-day Summit. She says journalists must be prepared to dilute messages in the summit and have them presented correctly to the public.

“Use of inappropriate terminologies is a common mistake by reporters,” said Taimbari.

According to the National AIDS Council, some topics to be covered in the summit include sex workers, men with sexual diversity, stigma and discrimination.

The two-day summit will happen next month in Port Moresby for Christian leaders from all around the country.

For those who attended the pre-workshop early this week, many lessons were learnt on reporting responsibly.

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