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Framing COVID-19 and the Movement Control Order: between social responsibility and editorial ideology

Mohamed, Shafizan and Idid, Syed Arabi (2021) Framing COVID-19 and the Movement Control Order: between social responsibility and editorial ideology. In: Communication Research Seminar (CORENA) 2021, Zoom. (Unpublished)

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Pandemics pose serious global threats. The consequences of a large-scale health crisis can be disastrous if they are not carefully contained. In times like these, the media plays an important role in educating the public and maintaining social order by covering both insightful and positive news. Using a framing theory perspective, this study examines media coverage of the COVID-19 health crisis in Malaysia during the country's Minimal Control Order (MCO) period. According to the findings of a content analysis of The Star Online (N=870) and Malaysiakini Bahasa (N=870), technical implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the economy dominated the news. Despite the similarities in the topics covered, the study discovered that when it came to framing the news, the government-friendly The Star was more optimistic about how the crisis is progressing than the more liberal Malaysiakini, implying that even during a pandemic, local newspapers couldn't stray too far from their political and ideological positions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19, Newspapers, MCO, Framing, Malaysia
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia > JQ715 Politics and Government in Malaysia
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P87 Communication. Mass media
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: Dr Shafizan Mohamed
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 15:56
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 15:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/94926

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