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Title: Media framing of the political leadership transition in Malaysia
Authors: Anparasy Muthusamy
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Journalism::Political aspects
DRNTU::Social sciences::Journalism::Reporting on public affairs and politics
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: Political news coverage can serve as a valuable barometer of the media’s ideological orientation, and of a society’s political and cultural values. Applying the methodology of news framing, this study analyses the framing of the Malaysian political leadership transition in October 2003 from Mahathir Mohamad to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in two Malaysian newspapers- the New Straits Times and The Star - vis-a-vis the political and cultural milieu of Malaysian society. The study’s findings pointed to three sub-topics which defined the coverage- Mahathir’s legacy; Abdullah’s image; and political continuity and stability- and eight dominant news frames. Through these, this study provides an alternative and deeper dimension to the sometimes simplistic notion of objectivity and bias about media systems under government control. It demonstrates the significance of a society’s political and cultural contexts for understanding the intricacies of the government-media relationship in that society.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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