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International, Social And Political Issues Dominated Newspapers In August: Study

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Analysis of 12 English and Urdu newspapers for August shows that ‘international’, ‘social’ and ‘politics’ issues dominated the most space.

The report, titled ‘Monthly Newspaper Content Analysis Research Study’, published by Gallup and Gillani Pakistan analysed nearly 1,700 opinion pieces and found out that that the most discussed issues in Pakistani meainstream media were ‘international’, ‘politics’, ‘social’ and ‘economy’ issues.

The study was a part of Gallup and Gilani Pakistan Media Research Division’s new initiative to empirically understand opinion leaders’ views on national issues.

The newspapers analysed for the study included  five were Urdu newspapers, namely Daily Pakistan, Daily Express, Daily Jang, Daily Khabrain and Nawa-i-waqt, and seven English newspapers, namely The Express Tribune, Daily Times, Dawn, Pakistan Today, The Pakistan Observer, The Nation, and The News.

International, social, and political news took priority while discussions related to security, sports, health and media received scant attention.

The topics discussed in these opinion articles/columns were categorized into the following 14 broad themes: Political, security, law, sports, health, education, governance, social, economy, media, international, religion, terrorism/crime/law and order and miscellaneous.

Around 31 per cent of the articles were devoted to international news, followed by social issues at 18 per cent and political issues at 14 per cent.  After these three topics, miscellaneous issues occupied a large chunk of the newspaper space at 9 per cent, followed by governance and economy news at 7 per cent each, and religion at 3 per cent. News related to security, health, law, education and terrorism occupied 2 per cent space each, whereas media only received 1 per cent coverage.


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