Bin Laden Killed. Initial Media Coverage and Perception in United States, UK, Pakistan and Indonesia

We open a new series of analysis of this new major event. It is now officially confirmed that Ossama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan in a US special operation. Massive media coverage will come. As in precedent crisis, we will try to offer the information and knowledge that can be gathered by media coverage analysis using the techniques provided by Media, Reputation and Intangibles center, MRI Universidad de Navarra.

We start the analysis with the profile showed by local media in several selected countries about the very initial reaction to the news of Bin Laden death. We have chosen the media reputation vectors “Scandal” and “Tragedy”. The bigger the diamond, the bigger the association to this vector. Please refer to precedent posts for information about the methodology.

The news concerning this issue present clearly a very special feature: they refer to a person with extreme bad image in many countries, but the news are now about a fact that produces extreme joy in some countries. The opposite may happen in some islamic countries. The lecture of the results will then require special attention.

Our first result indicate that US media insist more than other countries in bad references that shoud be understood to be addressed to the personage. We find also that media in Indinesia refer to the news stressing the components awful and tragedy. We understand here a profile of critizism against the military action. All this needs to be checked in our following analysis.

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