Bin Laden Killing News Storyline 1. Pakistan Media Coverage versus International Media (Ex USA)

We showed a couple of posts some few hours after that Bin Laden’s killing was known. Ten days after, we have accumulated information about media coverage of this issue. As the event has produced a massive global media attention, we can cover the analysis of Bin Laden media impact under several perspectives.

Like the analysis of media impact and media perception of Wikileaks revelations, we are aware that we are dealing with highly sensitive issues. Like we did in all Wikileaks related posts and in general in all posts in this blog, our intention is not to judge and present our position about each issue analyzed. We understand that this is not relevant and probably not interesting for the readers of this blog.

Our aim and basic goal is to show the information and knowledge available to all, as it is based in published news, but hidden to almost all of us, as we show underlying trends and patterns based in treatment and content analysis of many press articles.

We hope that this information is useful and sometimes relevant for professional and scholars and issue-conscious readers. These readers can extract interpretations and assessments of the events that we just describe.

In this post we start the news storyline analysis of Bin Laden’s killing showng results concerning media coverage given by newspapers in Pakistan.In order to get visibility of the results, we compare Pakistan newspapers storyline against global storyline with news written in countries all over the world, excepting news published by US media.

You can find information about how these measures are obtained and can be read in the methodology section of this blog. Storyline is profiled by the relative presence of each one of the discourse components in all news analyzed. Comparative analysis between different countries or regions allows us to identify commonalities and specificities of the discourse storyline, in this case, Pakistan newspapers treatment of Bin Laden killing and implications.

We already did a Pakistan newspapers analysis related to coverage of Wikileaks news.

First figure refers to news mentions to the action of killing Bin Laden and the way it was conducted. In Pakistan is seen as an illegal killing, in contrast with international media, that refer to it as legitimate killling in a wider extent. Media in Pakistan judge the action more profusely than international media as being inmoral, unfair and treasonous. Controversial emerges in a similar proportion than international media.

Second figure shows storyline components that are mainly used to refer to Bin Laden profiling. In general, international media refer in a higher extent than Pakistan to all these descriptions. Wider differences appear in negative terms associated to Bin Laden. “Hatred”, “Radical” or reference comparisons to “Hitler” are much more used in international media than in Pakistan articles. Eventual positive references to Bin Laden role like martyr or hero are again more present in international media, but now the gap with Pakistan use is smaller. Other positive terms like “legend” “rebel” or “freedom fighter” are more present in Pakistan than international media. But these terms are marginally used (media impact value of 0.2-0,4) in comparison with other already mentioned (martyre reached value over 3 media impat points).

The following piece of analysis refers to references about reactions to the anouncement of Bin Laden’s death. We observe a clear separate media treatment. Newspapers in Pakistan reflect in a wider extent reactions of protest: “protesters”, “activists” and also “prayers”. They cover in a substantial lower degree reactions by crowds of satisfaction like “jubilation”, “joy” or “euphoria”, or even references to “crowds”. Interestingly enough, references to “dilemma” are substiantially higher among Pakistan newspapers.

Next two figures show some storyline components related with international politics, diplomacy and implications of the terrorist killing.

Main linkage is to Afghanistan war and the taliban. These references reache media impact values of some 12 points. References to taliban are higher in Pakistan newspapers.

The following reference terms of the discourse are George Bush, the US President that suffered the Septemeber 11 attack under his Presidency. It is not surprising to find that references to “War on Terror” follow in terms of media prevalence. References are higher in Pakistan.

As for individual personalities and politicians, it is interesting to find that international media provide more media coverage to John Brennan, the Director of the Counterterrorism Center, than to Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.

When relating the killing with other countries in relation with Bin Laden, terrorism or US foreign policy we find than main reference is Saudi Arabia, which is specially followed by Pakistan media. Palestine and Israel conflict come next, but Pakistan news do not pay much attention to this conexion. Also, linkages with Saddam Hussein are mainly established in international media.

In coherence with the importance given by Pakistan media to “dilemma”, we find also that they insist more than international media to “diplomacy” implications of the killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan territory.

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