Media portrayal: the two-pronged punishment of women victims of violence

"Let's sweep the case under the rug and marry her to her rapist," exclaimed Ala Chebbi, host of the talk show Andi Mankolek, about a minor who was raped by three members of her family and became pregnant. These statements legitimizing violence against women are frequently heard in several Tunisian programs. Such treatment leads to dramatic consequences for the victims and their loved ones.
21 March 2022
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In this last episode of the series, we analyze - through the observations of Hajer Zarrouk, Doctor in communication, Wahid Ferchichi, Jurist, Sondes Garbouj, Psychologist and Nouri Lajmi, President of HAICA - how the media treats violence against women and femicide as well as its impact on the victims, their loved ones and the society as a whole. 

The role of the media is crucial, they are heard, read, watched and thus have a tangible impact on public opinion. They can be content with reflecting the collective mentality and never questioning it or, conversely, they can sensitize the public opinion and introduce ethical and professional values as well as human rights, especially when it comes to issues as challenging as violence against women. 

Unfortunately, most of them prefer to play the mirror role in order to make profit. " These programs aim to create a buzz and generate the maximum number of viewers and therefore the maximum amount of money possible" explains Hajer Zarrouk, PhD student in communication. And this is done by turning the real life experiences of women victims of violence who come to confide in us into a source of entertainment, "the applause and laughter mean that we agree with what the aggressor says, that we are totally on board with what they do and that we even encourage them to reoffend", warns the PhD student. 

These actions have tragic consequences on the victims and their loved ones, who end up doubting their status as victims and are reluctant to file a complaint. Since the establishment of HAICA and the enactment of Law 58, there is a willingness to educate the media and to sanction this type of discourse. However, these measures have been met with resistance from the main parties concerned.

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