Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

ISSN: 2165-7912

Open Access

Coverage of Honor Killing: A Content Analysis of English Language Newspapers of Pakistan


Fatima Kiran

Pakistan is considered as one of the most dangerous and unsafe country for women in the world, because of the increasing rate of crimes against women in the shape of honor killing and honor related violence. This study attempted to determine how English newspapers of Pakistan give coverage about Honor Killing crime to escalate awareness among general public. This research adopted quantitative approach of content analysis for a period of five months from 1st July 2017 to 30th November, 2017. This study population comprised of 306 editions of Dawn and Express Tribune of Pakistan two most largely circulated English newspapers. The result of the findings shows that newspaper’s coverage remained negligible in dignifying information of honor killing crime. Dawn and Express tribune both remain unsuccessful in maintaining balance between news function and editorial function of the newspaper.


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