Editorial and Commentary Coverage of Foreign News Issues in Malaysian Newspapers: Variation and Consistency

Ch'ng, H 2016, 'Editorial and Commentary Coverage of Foreign News Issues in Malaysian Newspapers: Variation and Consistency', Asia Pacific Media Educator, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 226-240.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Editorial and Commentary Coverage of Foreign News Issues in Malaysian Newspapers: Variation and Consistency
Author(s) Ch'ng, H
Year 2016
Journal name Asia Pacific Media Educator
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 226
End page 240
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage
Abstract This is a comparative framing analysis of editorial and commentary pieces on foreign news issues in three major Malaysian newspapers-in Malay, Chinese and English languages. The multicultural and multiethnic mix of Malaysian society and its media as well as the long-standing connection between the mainstream media and the ruling coalition government in Malaysia provides a valuable context for such a study. The results reveal significant variation in the framing of foreign news issues across the three newspapers, corresponding to their respective target audiences, while a consistency in alignment with the government policy is also evident in all three. The study challenges the idea of a 'national' media and identity in international and foreign news studies (i.e. the idea that there is such a thing as a single, e.g. 'Malaysian' media or associated world view). It demonstrates how an analysis of foreign news coverage in a country such as Malaysia needs to account for the multifaceted ethnic, linguistic, political and cultural demographic influences on its newspapers.
Subject Journalism Studies
Keyword(s) Agenda setting
ethnicity
foreign news commentary
framing analysis
Malaysia
social identification
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1326365X16666852
Copyright notice © 2016 University of Wollongong, Australia
ISSN 1326-365X
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