Role of English Press in Dissemination of Liberal Values for Women Empowerment in Pakistan: Honor Killing of Qandeel Baloch
4 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2018
Date Written: May 30, 2016
Pakistani women are facing a number of problems and their identities and rights are heavily influenced by sociocultural, legal and religious values upheld in the country. Media, as an industry and liberal agent of socialization, has become a platform for value contestation and value promotion. English press has particularly championed the cause of women issues. This paper analyzed the discourse of liberal and traditional values in daily Dawn (news, reports, articles, editorials) from July 15, 2016 to October 20, 2016. We were interested in how the murder of Qandeel Baloch was discussed and analyzed while constructing the liberal and traditional values about women’s issues. We found that individualism, self-interest, freedom of expression, sexual freedom, free mobility and visibility, and liberal principles of justice were constructed as rational and pro-women. Tradition, religion, religiosity, piety, modesty, submissiveness and virginity were constructed as oppressive and patriarchal constructs to be left behind on the way of modernity, liberation and empowerment. The sexual freedom and provocative activities of Qandeel Baloch were admired and praised and she was constructed as a woman of substance and honor.
Keywords: liberalism, honor killing, religion, tradition, women rights, women empowerment
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