Reporting Rape

Kathua case lawyer sends legal notice to Zee News

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |20/04/2018

Even as Zee News has been running programmes  questioning  the chargesheet filed in the Kathua rape case, Deepika Singh, lawyer for the Kathua victim’s family, has sent a legal notice To Zee Hindi News for a programme run by Zee Hindi News on April 17 in which Sudhir Chaudhury had alleged that Deepika Singh..

 

Reporting rape: Court notices for naming Kathua victim?

BY SEVANTI NINAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |17/04/2018

The Delhi High Court levies a Rs 10 lakh fine on media houses which named the victim, but the offenders were many more than those issued notices by the court. How the Indian media reports such cases merits constant scrutiny,

 

Where media reports on rape fail

BY PRACHI BHAGWAT| IN MEDIA MONITORING |06/08/2017

A two-part study looks at the narrow conceptual framework newspapers use to deal with rape. It’s all specific details of the crime rather than the underlying structural causes,

 

Failing to do justice to the complexity of rape

BY PRACHI BHAGWAT| IN MEDIA MONITORING |06/08/2017

Part II--By giving rape routine treatment, newspapers hinder a wider debate on prevention and hold back on the understanding of how popular culture and power structures contribute.

 

Guilty of false evidence

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/12/2016

The Indian Express reports   that the Amicus Curate to the HC  submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday that the Delhi-based journalist Tariq Anwar…

 

How the media exploited the Bulandshahr rape case

BY SHUMA RAHA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/08/2016

Even as they reported the family’s evident unease about being swamped with media attention, reporters went on hounding the rape survivors.

 

Why is the media naming the Kerala rape victim?

BY MUHAMMED SABITH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/05/2016

Kerala’s ‘Nirbhaya’ has been named and her photo published. Because of pressure from social media? Or because she was a dalit?

 

Murthal rapes: the risks of premature news

BY TANAY SUKUMAR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/02/2016

The initial Tribune story, with no victims and limited evidence, raises questions about reporting during social unrest when rumours abound.

 

Is media creating mass hysteria?

BY AMITABH SRIVASTAVA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/12/2015

Was the juvenile brutalised by his depiction? Do the facts of the case fly in the face of the media myth-making?

 

None of Jaitley's arguments stand scrutiny

IN LAW AND POLICY |17/03/2015

While in London, Arun Jaitley defended the ban on 'India's Daughter'.

 

Some balance please

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |10/03/2015

Since 2012, the media, perhaps out of good intentions, have over-sensationalised rape as though it is peculiar to Indian men.

 

Niti Central's discovery

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |09/03/2015

Niti Central, the website which describes itself as "bold and right", has put forth an analysis on why rape in India is getting so much international coverage. Why does a rape in a cab in Delhi make it all the way to the New York Times? Particularly since in terms..

 

The flaws in 'India's Daughter'

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |09/03/2015

The voice of the rapist dominates the film rather than that of the victim.

 

No crime, no ban surely?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/03/2015

The ban on 'India's Daughter' is unjustified. It breaks no law and is a criticism of India rather than a defamation,

 

The Uber crime in context

BY VIKRAM JOHRI| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/12/2014

Media coverage of the Uber taxi rape has over-simplified the link between social attitudes and sexual violence.

 

Zodiac signs and rape

BY SN| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |28/11/2014

TV9 telecast a Kannada astrology programme last Tuesday of predictions on rape, according to your zodiac sign. If it is Virgo, the probability is the girl will be raped between the ages of 14 and 20 and below the stairs in her own home. If you are a Capricon there..

 

No-go areas for artists?

BY SANJAY AUSTA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |07/08/2014

Taken aback at the moral indignation over Facebook photos that people mistakenly thought depicted the Delhi gang rape,

 

Reporting child sexual abuse in India

BY Report by ARPAN| IN BOOKS |26/05/2014

In 10.5 % of all the cases either the victim, the abuser or both are identified through the reporting of the newspapers as they tend to report minute details..

 

Report rape responsibly

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/05/2014

The All India Progressive Women's Association has initiated an email campaign to protest the victim-blaming culture in press reporting of rape. This move comes as protest against Ei Samay, a leading Bengali daily of the Times Group, for their 'malicious reporting' of the rape of a college student in Kolkata on..

 

Driving justice: the Tejpal-Telheka coverage

BY The Hoot| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |18/03/2014

It was a case of sexual assault with no physical evidence, but plenty of verbal evidence. And the media went completely overboard. Over 12 days Times Now spent more than 50 per cent of its news time at 8-10 pm on this story.

 

The Tejpal media trial-Part I

BY A HOOT study| IN BOOKS |30/01/2014

Journalists themselves as victims and perpetrators of sexual violence is new territory for the media to handle, and balance has been difficult to maintain.

 

Legal aspects of the Tejpal case

BY KUNAL SHANKAR| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |03/12/2013

The Criminal Procedure Code does not mandate a potency test given the facts of the case. Putting Tejpal through this gives credence to his allegation of a political "witch-hunt".

 

What over-the-top coverage cannot achieve

BY UGEN BHUTIA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/11/2013

The nature of media coverage does nothing to counter deep-seated values of patriarchy. Focusing intensely on punishment for sexual attacks and on workplace harassment is to take the easy way out..

 

It's not only about Tehelka

BY KALPANA SHARMA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |22/11/2013

The incident reflects on the state of the Indian media as a whole and its attitude towards sexual harassment at the workplace and how it is to be handled,

 

How much is too much?

BY AKANKSHA SHARMA| IN OPINION |13/09/2013

Letter to the Hoot: Nirbhaya's rape is played out time and again with painful details on the front pages of all leading newspapers. The conduct of the top four papers in the country in reporting this can only be called poor,

 

Why it was not a media trial

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/09/2013

It is high time people in responsible position reconcile to the role of watch-dog media and watch-dog civil society and not misuse the expression 'media trial' to save the guilty,

 

But I'm on the same page as you, Laxmi

BY BACHI KARKARIA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/09/2013

I am disturbed that this critical issue is turning into a territorial conflict, a my-sensitivity-is-better-than-yours.

 

Rape victim's identity: disclosure for whom?

BY Laxmi Murthy| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/09/2013

When and how a sexual assault victim chooses to reveal her identity is a product of complex factors. It takes immense courage to stand up and fight, but the decision must remain hers, not the media's.

 

Advertisers fear Mamata's wrath: refuse to run anti-rape campaign ads

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/08/2013

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has found a new target for her censorship drive: advertisers!

 

Now the FIR too?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/08/2013

Do newspapers need to reproduce FIRs of rape survivors? What purpose does it serve? DNA chose to reproduce the FIR in the case of the Mumbai journalist, on August 27, and said it was holding back the more gruesome bits. See our blog comment...

 

Guide to rape reporting

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/08/2013

With so many sexual assault and rape cases coming in to light every day and media coverage growing manifold, The Hoot has compiled the laws and guidelines for the journalists reporting such cases.

 

TOI's foot-in-mouth rape coverage

BY KALPANA SHARMA| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/08/2013

In its desire to give saturation coverage to such crimes, TOI led the way. But there were four oversights that ought to have been caught by alert editors.

 

Mumbai gangrape : reality check for the media...and society

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |25/08/2013

Is the horrendous assault on a woman journalist in Mumbai last week only about the media and women journalists? Or is it symptomatic of the depths of violence in our society

 

No easy answers on porn

IN LAW AND POLICY |06/05/2013

Shouldn't we focus more on how we understand rape and sexual violence itself, rather than seek justification for a crisis of masculinity and an epic failure of governance?

 

Reporting the Delhi gang rape

IN BOOKS |15/02/2013

Saturation coverage of the Delhi gangrape case allowed the public to mourn and women's safety to get adequate airing.

 

When rape claims prime time

IN BOOKS |14/01/2013

TV news channels devoted 252 hours of prime time to rape coverage in December.

 

Hindi press scorches RSS, BJP on rape

IN OPINION |12/01/2013

The monopoly of the English press over the tag 'national' is being challenged by Hindi papers.

 

Enlisting the media

IN OPINION |10/01/2013

The newly galvanised Indian protester on the street needs to recognise that the media amplifies best when it has half its work done for it.

 

Gender-sensitive or TRP-oriented?

IN LAW AND POLICY |08/01/2013

TV channels had a field day attacking conservative comments on rape, women's dress and behaviour.

 

Who says we are not ethical?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/01/2013

Sudhir Chaudhury, the Zee News editor who has been implicated  in a case of extortion by Naveen Jindal, has issued a long statement about the interview with the gang rape victim's friend which  his channel telecast.   He says they could have recorded the entire blow by blow account the man gave but..

 

Wrong question

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |06/01/2013

On  Saturday night (Jan 5) CNN IBN was scrolling, "Why are Indian women vulnerable to rape and acid attacks?" A viewer asks, should they not be asking instead, why are Indian men violent rapists?   ..

 

Has Indian news media come of age?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |04/01/2013

For once it seemed like Indian news media fulfilled its role as it called attention to safety for women.

 

Rape, reportage, and the TOI

BY ARUNODAY MAJUMDER| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |02/01/2013

The opening paragraph itself exposes the ideology of discrimination that is structural to the TOI. Clearly the paper's concern with regard to rape is limited to the cityscape and women who constitute immediate kin.

 

Women, popular culture and violence: joining the dots

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/01/2013

Music videos have become one of the most insidious offenders, shaping sexist attitudes towards women.

 

Creating an environment against rape

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/12/2012

There is an important role for media advocacy in building a powerful response to this national shame and walking that critical distance between data and decision as the nation's conscience keepers.

 

Adding to the victim's trauma

IN OPINION |27/12/2012

We have to question the media's thirst for every detail about this woman's condition, their invasion of privacy.

 

The beast called media

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/12/2012

The brother of the Delhi gang rape victim told  the Indian Express what it is like to experience the media frenzy surrounding  his sister. They reported that she had begun to walk at a time when she was vomiting and had abdominal pain. They said she was talking when she wasn’t...

 

Making news across the world

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/12/2012

The Delhi gang rape and the public protests not only triggered a storm of coverage in the Indian media but was also was covered widely in the foreign media.

 

Positive reporting of Delhi rape

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/12/2012

The continuous coverage by print and electronic media without exception, compelled the authorities to focus on catching the culprits

 

Metro centric media response

IN OPINION |23/12/2012

Letter to the Hoot: They did not comprehend the trauma of a rape victim until the Delhi incident.

 

Where is the voice of sanity?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/12/2012

What came across on Saturday was the desperate attempt by TV news channels to milk the protests for whatever TRPs they were worth.

 

Flagrant violation of media ethics

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/10/2012

The gang-rape of a law student in Bangalore recently has raised disturbing questions about sensationalized and irresponsible media coverage,

 

 

Police-sourced rape reporting

BY Archana Venkat| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/10/2012

Even as there is a horrific increase in reported cases of rape, the media is demonstrating that it needs to learn sensitivity in reporting this crime,

 

When anchors don't cross question

BY Seetha| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |26/09/2012

Can Ilaiah back his startling claim with data? Are upper caste men really raping only Dalit women? Are they not raping upper caste women?

 

Insensitive and unrepentant

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/03/2012

One of the largest-selling newspapers of West Bengal has shown utter disregard for decency and journalistic ethics while covering an incident of rape.

 

 

Pak intimidation

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/01/2012

Two journalists of Pakistan's Geo News channel were assaulted when they went to cover the story of a girl who had slit her throat during a rape attempt. A reporter and his cameraman were attacked at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi,  Geo News reported Thursday. The media group alleged..

 

Rape victim

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/06/2011

What are the folks who run NewsX thinking when they flash the image of a 13-year-old rape victim at least ten times in the course of a news item? (June 27) Yes her face is covered with a cloth except for her eyes but is that good enough? Just those eyes..

 

Demolishing the scoop

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/08/2010

 

Truth buried under inspired reporting

BY Sankar Ray| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |28/08/2010

A report that has no quotes on behalf of the accused and names, although as an alias, a rape victim, violates basic journalistic ethics.

 

Police gag media in Kanpur?

IN OPINION |21/10/2010

Letter to the Hoot: Police officials have tried all means to suppress the coverage of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old school girl.

 

 

Student rape case: media offenders

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2010 ?

The blog giving details of the assaulted school girl and the publicity given to the blog by the media will play into the hands of the accused.

 

Warped media coverage portrays Goa as a rape capital

BY Frederick Noronha|

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |05/06/2010

Sensational reporting of incidents of rape and murder of foreign tourists in Goa overshadows the fact that Goa has a much better track record on gender issues. It also gives the misleading impression that this is the single biggest problem the state

 

Rights violations by the media?

BY Imphal Free Press| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |31/07/2009

When the Imphal Free Press carried a photograph recently of a rape victim, it generated these two editorials. The paper allowed a leader writer to have her say, but also countered it two days later, with its own view.

 

Reporting Kashmir: a problem of versions

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/06/2009

Three newspapers published from Delhi and one TV channel make a telling case study of how those who are reporting the alleged rape in Shopian project very different versions.

 

Kashmir restrictions

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/06/2009

After several days of unfettered coverage of the unrest sparked by the alleged murder and rape of two young women in Shopian, the Jammu and Kashmir government on June 6 issued a directive to local cable channels to restrict their news bulletins to 15 minutes. ..

 

Shiney Ahuja and the maid

BY MAITREYI MISRA| IN OPINION |20/06/2009

Letter to the Hoot: TOI’s appalling article on the effect maids have on men and marriages shows insensitivity and class bias,

 

Holding a mirror to the MIRROR

BY Mahesh Vijapurkar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |19/04/2009

Was it a peer support to an offending newspaper because others too have been careless – even reckless – in how they approach a story

 

Midday¿s exclusive

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |08/01/2009

Midday's idea of an "exclusive" angle to the Noida gang rape case is their cover story quoting one of the 10 rapists saying that they saw the victim and her friend make out in the car. And "swayed" by the scene, the perpetrators committed the hideous act. The tabloid joffers the..

 

Not the Arushi way

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/01/2009

The shocking gang rape of a 24-year-old in Noida has given TV channels fodder to feed on. Arnab Goswami went a step further and announced that his channel would follow the story everyday till the judgment is pronounced. His declaration however failed to enthuse his guests, and Madhu Kishwar was quick.. ??

 

 Scurrilous insinuations about raped nun

BY Pramodini pradhan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |06/11/2008

An Oriya daily owned and edited by a BJD MP has published a number of articles questioning the veracity of the rape, and making other insinuations.

 

Defamatory advert

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/10/2008

The Goan daily Herald carried a half-page advertisement supported by 390 named individuals making allegedly defamatory references to a minor German rape victim.The ad identified the victim¿s mother by name, and claimed that the victim was "romping" with older men at Goan night clubs". A child rights panel is planning..

 

Sharp response

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/11/2005

The sharp collective reaction by TV news channels in Kerala to a change of the police officers in charge of a rape-in-guise-of-ragging case, embarrassed the government and led to a tactical retreat, at the CM’s intervention.

 

Chauvinism that is both male and Indian

IN OPINION |13/10/2005

There is an air of smugness in the manner in which the Indian media has gone about reporting General Musharraf’s coarse, insensitive and tasteless remarks that the road to riches lies through rape.

 

Unforgiveable

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |07/07/2005

Whatever happened to the rule the media used to observe about not naming a rape victim? TV channels carry interviews with rape victims, their faces barely obscured. Imrana becomes a household word. And the Times of India puts the picture of a rape victim..]

 

One-sided analysis

BY DARIUS N| IN OPINION |03/07/2005

No newspaper had the courage to discuss the Imrana issue from every angle. The majority took the safe womenøs right line.

 

Boycott of rape play

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/05/2005

"Rape Workshop" (Balatsanga Pariseelanacamp), a street play against the backdrop of a few recent rape cases, took Thrissur town by storm on May 17, but the print media primly boycotted it despite being present. The Manorama said it was not interested

 

Rape coverage is tricky

BY Mannika Chopra| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/05/2005

How doe one create a public outcry without referring to the case and in particular the victim?

 

 

Unacceptable

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |04/10/2004

In the absence of a watchdog, TV channels get away with violating basic ethical norms. On Sunday October 3, during its programme Hello Control Room, Sahara Samay showed a rape victim in Orissa whose face was purportedly obscured. But..

 

"We dedicated the women’s page to rape"

BY Pamela Bhagat| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |15/07/2004

Colleagues and subordinate staff view blue films and porn sites on their computers, which are left to embarrass them on start up.

 

Double offence

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |22/01/2004

Should the Times of India have named the alleged rape victim from South Africa? (Jan 20.) To protests published in its letters column the paper responded that the woman had herself given permission to the South African media to use her name.

 

Letter to The Hoot--- rape cannot be a private issue

BY apoorva| IN OPINION |02/12/2002

What I find problematic is the suggestion to the media to treat the larger issue of rape itself as private one.

 

Misunderstanding first person reporting  on rape

IN OPINION |21/10/2002

 

Letter to the Hoot--more on first person reporting on rape

IN OPINION |07/10/2002

 

First person reporting on rape

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/09/2002

Analyzing the Times of India story of the rape  of a young girl on a suburban train, witnessed by its reporter.

 

 

Neglect Or Nexus?

BY Vasavi| IN REGIONAL MEDIA |28/08/2002

How come newspapers in Jharkhand think that the rape of an adivasi woman by the worker of a non-governmental organisation, and the subsequent surrender of the accused, is not news?

 

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