International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND SOCIAL MEANINGS OF BLASPHEMY LAWS IN PAKISTAN

MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND SOCIAL MEANINGS OF BLASPHEMY LAWS IN PAKISTAN

 Abida Eijaz[1]

 

ABSTRACT

The present paper examines the recent media representation of the controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan. Through critical discourse analysis of the coverage given to the issue of blasphemy law’s application in two leading newspapers, and two TV news channels, the paper concludes that mass media tend to create disagreements rather than consensus on the issue in the society. Top ten Pakistani blogs on the Internet are also analyzed to identify the perceptions, meanings, and stance of the educated people on the issue.