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Kark, Madiha. Understanding Indian and Pakistani Cultural Perspectives and Analyzing
U.S. News Coverage of Mukhtar Mai and Jyoti Singh Pandey. Master of Arts (Journalism), May
2013, 77 pp., references, 138 titles.
A foreign country's positive or negative image in the U.S. media can influence public
attitudes toward that country. The way U.S. media covers sex crimes from countries like India
and Pakistan has a direct effect on the global image of these countries. This qualitative content
analysis examined the coverage of two rape victims, Jyoti Singh Pandey and Mukhtar Mai in two
mainstream U.S. newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Frames identified in
the study include cultural differences, nationality and male patriarchy. The results revealed that
while U.S. media was sensitive to both victims, Indian culture was portrayed in a favorable light
than Pakistani culture. This study recommends that reporters and newsrooms need to be sensitive
in reporting foreign cultures and refrain from perpetuating cultural stereotypes through reporting.
The study also recommends developing training and understanding methodology when covering
sex crimes so that journalists are aware of the rape myths and narratives that trap them into
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Kark, Madiha. Understanding Indian and Pakistani Cultural Perspectives and Analyzing Us News Coverage of Mukhtar Mai and Jyoti Singh Pandey, thesis, May 2013; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc271840/m1/2/: accessed February 18, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .