Project SIREN: Suicide Reporting India Watch

India Mental Health Observatory (IMHO), an initiative of the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy at Indian Law Society has developed a scorecard to rate media reports on suicide. This scorecard consists of both positive and negative parameters, derived using the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on Media Reporting of Suicides. We evaluated nine of the highest read English-language newspapers in the country (including all their editions) for 2nd Quarter 2020 (1st April to 30th June) and found 1,318 articles on suicide and attempted suicide. Based on these articles, a positive and negative score (out of 10) was calculated for each newspaper group. The results for the quarter are indicated below.

For the Positive Scorecard, the best score a newspaper can attain is 10, and the worst is 0. On the Negative Scorecard, the best score that a newspaper can get is 0 and the worst is 10.

More details on the project can be found on About Project SIREN and Methodology

Media Reporting Scorecard April to June 2020 - IMHO - CMHLP
POSITIVE SCORECARD - IMHO - CMHLP
NEGATIVE SCORECARD - IMHO - CMHLP

Limitations

Due to issues in accessing newspaper archives, certain dates for the following newspapers could not be included in the data collection and analysis process:

  1. The Tribune - Publications between 1st to 3rd April and between 4th May to 15th June 2020 were unavailable.
  2. The New Indian Express - Publications from 1st June to 30th June were unavailable.
  3. For The Telegraph, the Ranchi and Guwahati editions were not included for 3rd May to 30th June 2020, as they have been discontinued.