To assess the current situation of sexual and reproductive
health reporting in the Bangladesh media, a small study was undertaken
in 2009 of the print media in English and Bangla and of government and
privately funded radio and TV. The assessment comprised:
a media scan and analysis, which included interviews with key people
in the media, research and human rights' sectors
a stakeholder forum held to discuss the findings of the media scan and
This brief highlights the key findings of the study and outlines the
recommendations made for interested parties, including policymakers,
editors, research directors, civil society organisations and donors.
Main findings include the following:
according to the participants of the stakeholder forum, audiences in
Bangladesh are ready to engage with a wider range of sexual and
reproductive health issues
there are significant areas where the Bangladesh media is still
deficient in its coverage of sexual and reproductive health issues,
particularly in terms of engaging with research and evidence
according to forum participants, a number of obstacles to media
reporting of sexual and reproductive health issues remain
researchers and research organisations must do more to make their
findings sufficiently accessible and usable.
A series of recommendations were identified for each of the key
stakeholders to improve on the current situation.
PANOS. Panos Policy Briefing: Bangladesh. Unrealised potential, forgotten priorities: Improving reporting on sexual and reproductive health in the Bangladesh media. Panos London, London, UK (2010) 8 pp. [Also available in Bangla]