Violence and mourning: a critical analysis of the mainstream media portrayal of tragic events


BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2022

Date of Submission



Dr. Laila Sohail Farooq, Assistant Professor & Director CBER, Department of Social Sciences


Shahzeb Ahmed Hashim, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


We are living in the age of media in which cases of violence and tragedies make a substantial part of the news media. Media has the sole discretion in deciding the importance of tragic news, how it is reported and in what manner. The language that is used while communicating news in print and electronic media decisively shapes the imagination and opinion of the public about a particular issue. The research, in particular, analyzed the way media coverage of tragedies and violence in Balochistan shaped the perception of common people. In addition to that, this study further examined if current news coverage regarding Balochistan was to give its reader a sensitive view of the situation. Lastly, insurgenct and state violence were analyzed in view of general public sentiments on Twitter through content analysis.



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