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Sexual violence and the news media: Issues, challenges, and guidelines for journalists in India.

Sreedharan, C. and Thorsen, E., 2021. Sexual violence and the news media: Issues, challenges, and guidelines for journalists in India. Project Report. New Delhi, India: UNESCO.

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Abstract

This report presents the findings of a multilingual national study on the news reporting of sexual violence in India. Drawing on a content analysis of 10 newspapers covering six languages, and semi-structured interviews with 257 journalists working across 14 languages, it provides comparative insights into the routines journalists follow and the challenges they face when they cover sexual violence. The report evidences how news outlets tend to disproportionately publish unusual cases, such as those involving extreme brutality; focus on rape in urban areas; and rely heavily on police sources. Journalists rarely undertake in-depth inquiries into the cases they cover. The challenges they face include safety issues while newsgathering, difficulties in accessing key sources, and distress from the requirements of their assignments. Overall, nearly 20% of our respondents experienced psychological challenges while reporting on sexual violence, and 55% of women journalists reported workplace sexual harassment or violence. Based on the evidence, the report presents seven national and 10 organisational recommendations. It concludes by offering guidelines that individual journalists and media houses can adapt to suit their news routines.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information:This report is part of Media Action Against Rape (MAAR), a research and capacity-building project led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO New Delhi. MAAR is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, UK (GCRF)
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:35830
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Jul 2021 07:49
Last Modified:15 Aug 2021 08:30

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