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Role of Print Media in Conflict Resolution: a Comparative Study of Daily Dawn & Jang Newspapers Regarding the Issue of Lal Masjid

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Role Of Print Media In Conflict Resolution: A Comparative Study Of Daily Dawn & Jang Newspapers Regarding The Issue Of Lal Masjid

AEMEN KHALID
Session: 2006 to 2008

Supervisor:
Dr. Anjum Zia

DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION
LAHORE COLLEGE FOR WOMEN UNIVERSITY
LAHORE
2008

ABSTRACT

This research paper investigates “ the role of Daily Dawn and Daily Jang with reference to conflict resolution in case of Lal Masjid”.The study applied a social sciences methodology using content analysis technique to analyze the data. The study generates a substantial body of initial information about the role of print media in inter-state conflicts. A total of 302 news stories from the front and back page and 32 editorials and editorial notes of two publications were analyzed across a period of 8 months( Jan2007 to Aug2007) . The exercise comprised of quantitative analysis of news stories to analyze the treatment of conflicts.

The investigation was carried out by keeping in view the main objectives of the study i.e. to measure the coverage, role and treatment analysis. The hypothesis of the study was “English press played a significant role for peaceful resolution of Lal Masjid conflict instead of Urdu Press.”

Findings revealed that print media played its role in increasing the intensity of conflict and could not build favorable public opinion for peaceful resolution of Lal Masjid issue and both newspapers have given minimum coverage to the news items that positively supported the issue. Print media gave extensive coverage but its way of publication was not positive, rather it has been negative or neutral most of the time. But Daily Jang gave more negative coverage in comparison to Daily Dawn which remained neutral most of the time. Overall the study confirms the researcher’s hypothesis statements i.e. “English press played a significant role for peaceful resolution of Lal Masjid conflict as compared to Urdu Press Urdu Press.” The study also identified few...