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Climate Change in the Mainstream Pakistani Press: Coverage and Framing Trends

Muhammad Naeem Javed, Abdul Basit and Tanveer Hussain
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Muhammad Naeem Javed: Assistant Professor, School of Media and Communication Studies, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Abdul Basit: Lecturer, School of Media and Communication Studies, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Tanveer Hussain: Assistant Professor, School of Media and Communication Studies, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Global Political Review, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, 192-204

Abstract: Climate change is a global phenomenon; its outcome affects societies around the world. Due to the systemic effects of climate change, Pakistan frequently suffers from natural disasters. The present study explored the press coverage and framing trends about three climate issues (1) Climate change and global warming (2) climate change and water scarcity (3) agriculture and food security. The study was based on content analysis. In this research, editorials of four newspapers; The Nation, The News, Nawa-i-Waqt and Jang were examined during 2011 to 2018. It was census study and all editorials were examined during the period of 8 years. The results showed that all four newspapers highly covered issues of water scarcity in Pakistan and however, gave less coverage to the issue of agriculture and food security. Thus, overall editorial coverages increase with every passing year and mainstream Pakistani press framing trends were remain very positive and suggestive.

Keywords: Climate Change; Mainstream Press; Newspaper Coverage; Framing Trends (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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