Childrens rights

17. States Parties recognize the important function

performed by the mass media and shall ensure that the child has access to

information and material from a diversity of national and international sources,

especially those aimed at the promotion of his or her social, spiritual and

moral well-being and physical and mental health. To this end, States Parties


a) Encourage the mass media to disseminate information and

material of social and cultural benefit to the child and in accordance with the

spirit of article 29;

b) Encourage international co-operation in the production,

exchange and dissemination of such information and material from a diversity of

cultural, national and international sources;

c) Encourage the production and dissemination of children’s books;

d) Encourage the mass media to have particular regard to the

linguistic needs of the child who belongs to a minority group or who is


e) Encourage the development of appropriate guidelines for the

protection of the child from information and material injurious to his or her

well-being, bearing in mind the provisions of articles 13 and 18.

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