Media Coverage on General Issues: A Constructionist Study of News Frames and Government Performance of PML-Q (2002-07)

  • Salman Amin PhD Scholar, Department of Mass Communication, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad
  • Dr. Ghulam Shabir Professor, Faculty of Media and Communication Studies, University of Central Punjab, Lahore
  • Dr. Saqib Riaz Associate Professor / Chairman, Department of Mass Communication, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
Keywords: PML-Q, General Issues, Quantitative, Content analysis, Government Performance


The paper tries to establish the performance modality of government. In this study, selected frames (thematic) were examined in four major English newspapers of Pakistan regarding general issues and evaluate the performance of government (PML-Q 2002-07) based on framing tone, i.e. "Good" and "Bad".  All news stories related to general issues published in the selected newspapers from the last five years of the selected regime.  A systematic random sampling method has deemed appropriate and employed for the study. For hypotheses testing, applied comparison model and Chi-square through AMOS.  The study revealed that the PML-Q government response on these issues has remained sufficient, and they know how to control the terrorism in whole Pakistan, besides maintaining law and order situation, policies made should be immediately implemented. The findings of this framing table (s) explain the PML-Q government performances that the government gradually performed well and also imply the policy to sort out the issues.