Patterns in Making Victims’ Gender Visible or Invisible in News Media Reporting of Boko Haram’s Massacres and Kidnappings

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Beel, Nathan and Jonathan, Kate. 2023. "Patterns in Making Victims’ Gender Visible or Invisible in News Media Reporting of Boko Haram’s Massacres and Kidnappings." International Journal of Communication. 17, p. 5708–5735.
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Patterns in Making Victims’ Gender Visible or Invisible in News Media Reporting of Boko Haram’s Massacres and Kidnappings

ERA Journal ID35350
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBeel, Nathan and Jonathan, Kate
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Communication
Journal Citation17, p. 5708–5735
Number of Pages28
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern California
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1932-8036
Web Address (URL)https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/20829/4320
Abstract

Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in Nigeria, has systematically conducted gender-based mass kidnappings and killings throughout its history, and these gendered crimes have included both male and female victims. This research examined newspaper articles on Boko Haram’s gendered crimes reported from July 2013 to February 2021, with a focus on the relative visibility of the gender of the victims. The genders of male and female abductees were clearly identified; however, the gender of male massacre victims was relatively invisible irrespective of whether they were men or boys. A failure to report the gendered nature of the massacres may contribute to lower awareness and, thus, reduced security resourcing needed to address such severe human rights violations.

Keywordsgender; Boko Haram; males
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470107. Media studies
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Southern Cross University
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