Journal of Media Studies, Vol 32, No 1 (2017)

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Peace or War Journalism: Coverage of Pakistani National Press on Balochistan issue during Musharraf Regime

Muhammad Tarique, Lubna Shaheen


Balochistan, geographically one of the largest province of Pakistan, with rich resources of petroleum, gold natural gas reserves and other minerals, has faced unrest from Baloch separatist movement since the inception of Pakistan. Present study analyses news patterns of two leading newspapers, Dawn and Jang, in peace and violence frames during in the military regime of General Pervez Musharraf from 1999 till 2008. It tries to explore how the print media framed the issue during the selected time period when the Chief Executive of the country enjoyed complete political and military powers. It employs quantitative research method, based on Johan Galtung's theory on Peace Journalism (PJ). The findings of the study show that Balochistan conflict is mostly framed in violence frames than peace frames.


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