News Media Framing and the Coverage of Boko-Haram Insurgency in the Northeast Nigeria
International Journal of Mass Communication 2021
15 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 26, 2021
This study on News Media Framing and the Coverage of Boko-Haram Insurgency in North-East Nigeria is a position paper set out to identify the pattern of frames adopted by Nigerian news media in the coverage of Boko Haram insurgency. Because since2009 when the activities of the Boko Haram sect became pronounced in Nigeria, its activities have continued to dominate public discourse. To this end, the media at national and international fronts keyed into the reportage of the rebellious activities of this terror group. Through various strategies adopted by the sect, they carry out their nefarious activities which include: suicide bombings, massacre, abductions, and other deadly activities. The study established that Nigerian media dominantly use news frames: peace neutral and mixed frames. The successes, most of which were attributed to the way and manner in which media handles them. The study blamed the media on several occasions for flaming the conflict, particularly regarding the nature of their reportage. The study also addressed the critical question; that the Nigerian media can play a critical role in resolving and or addressing insurgency in Nigeria. Adopting the media framing theory, it, therefore, recommends the optimization of positive frames to promote the peace media initiative which forms the critical plank of positive media interventions.
Keywords: News Media, Framing, Coverage and Insurgency.
JEL Classification: G20
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