Pakistan: Media get it wrong on rape

Really, mishandling rape cases in the media is not confined to Pakistan – it happens everywhere, but this article deals with how the media in Pakistan treat rape stories:

Violence against women: Victims:  Raped once, violated twice

Speaking on the occasion, Ahmar said cases of rape receive the most sensationalised coverage in the country, where the media often forgets that an ethical code exists and becomes totally blind to any ethical guidelines. In such reports, she said, the spot-light is on the victim while the culprit/s is almost always completely ignored. This gives the impression that the victim herself bears responsibility for the entire episode.

“Such reports create a sense of fear among parents and force them to forbid their daughters from going out, even to school,” she said, adding that, “The effort has been made not to point fingers at the media, or alienate it, but is an attempt to make it a powerful ally in the struggle to ensure zero tolerance against gender-based violence in our society.”

Hosain was of the opinion that rape cases are “politicized” when they are expounded by the country’s media. She asked why the names and other details of rape victims are almost always highlighted in the media and instead of the profiles of the accused.

One comment on “Pakistan: Media get it wrong on rape

  1. Hamza Iqbal says:

    The electronic media has been flooded with various news channels; the quality of their programming remains dismal. Almost all the news channels air two or three political talk shows every evening. Generally, these programmes are of very poor quality content-wise and have consistently lacked professional conduct on behalf of the host. They have exhibited an absence of research-based discussion and have encouraged the rooster-fight culture in their presentations. Professional conduct is the most fundamental and important aspect of any production. It appears that any individual, who has ever had even some distant role in journalism, can be an anchorperson, at least on a trial basis, without undergoing any significant preliminary training. The basic principle of even following a formal dress code, which would be imperative internationally, is overlooked in our programmes. Furthermore as our anchorpersons are totally devoid of journalistic skills they are as devoid of ethical values. Baseless propaganda, hoax news and anarchy are the hall marks of our media. Media should chalk out a code of conduct in order to regain the falling popularity.

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