A latest study revealed that majority of Sri Lankan newspapers do not follow the principles of good reporting while publishing incidents of self-harming and suicides.

Irresponsible media reporting may influence suicidal behavior. Adherence to guidelines for responsible reporting of suicide has not been examined in Sri Lanka in recent times said team of researchers from South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC), Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

Team had studied 68 articles from Srilankan news papers with PRINTQUAL tool From December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.(42 Sinhala and 26 English articles).

They found that majority of articles were noncompliant with guidelines for sensitive reporting.

53% of article headlines were noncompliance with guidelines for sensitive reporting snd 58% articles were used insensitive language.

Surprisingly 100% of newspaper articles were included detailed characteristics of the individual breaching principles of good reporting.

No information about help-seeking was included in any of these articles.

We need to expand the study including social media, Tamil language newspapers, and online publications to understand the whole situation said researchers.

Study team concluded saying, The majority of Sri Lankan newspapers did not follow the principles of good reporting, indicating a need for further training of journalists.

CitationBrandt Sørensen J, Pearson M, Andersen MW, Weerasinghe M, Rathnaweera M, Rathnapala DGC, Eddleston M, Konradsen F. Crisis2018; ePub(ePub): ePub.
AffiliationSouth Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC), Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Copyright(Copyright © 2018, International Association for Suicide Prevention, Publisher Hogrefe Publishing)
DOI10.1027/0227-5910/a000534