Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) aims to analyse the processes involved in rape reportage through in-depth interviews with journalists.
It will map the challenges national and regional journalists face, and the way they operationalise existing codes of practices, to produce a set of country-specific journalism guidelines. This will provide an evidence base for capacity building workshops with journalists and development of targeted journalism curricula.
MAAR will build capacity to engender sustainable impact—specifically, for rape reportage, journalism education, and resilience against gendered violence towards women.
In New Delhi, Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr Koyal Verma is based at the UNESCO office, working with Al-Amin Yusuf, UNESCO’s Adviser for Communication and Information for South Asia, and other colleagues.
Two other researchers will join the MAAR research team shortly, in the south and north-east of India, to ensure a wider range of vernacular languages.
MAAR partners with Ashoka University in India on NewsTracker, an anti-rape website intended to stimulate public debate on journalism about rape: http://www.newstracker.maar.in. Other collaborators on NewsTracker are: Amity University, Docfort Meducation, Symbiosis International, and the University of Madras.
Currently we are also conducting one of the largest comparative content analysis of news reporting of rape in India, covering 10 newspapers across six languages in India for a three-month period (June to August 2018). We intend to publish the results from this as an interim output from MAAR in November 2018.