Year: 2021 Source: Journal of Media Ethics.(2019). DOI: SIEC No: 20210267

Suicide attempt rates are on the rise in predominantly Islamic Republic of
Pakistan. However, there exists an indigenous academic apathy toward
exploring media-suicide relationships. This study, using content analysis
and interviews, examines the lack of compliance with international ethical
guidelines for suicide reporting by Pakistani newspapers. In 553 reported
suicide cases, 2,355 guideline violations were detected. The overall tone of
suicide news stories remained overwhelmingly irresponsible, and analysis
indicates that both Urdu and English language newspapers made similar
violations. Largely ignorant of international standards, Pakistani journalists
report attempted suicide cases just like any other crime. This study suggests
a prompt action on the part of appropriate bodies to amend relevant codes
of ethics and eventually educate relevant journalist fraternities to report
suicides in a socially responsible way.