Azadi and Inqilab Protests’ Print Media Coverage and the Use of Operative Modifiers in Pakistani context

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Ali Ahmad

Abstract

In August 2014,Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan AwamiTehreek (PAT),two leading opposition political parties of Pakistan, announced long marches and sit-ins against the government of the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. These sit-ins were preceded by two long marches-Azadi march of PTI and Inqilab march of PAT. These events captured the attention of electronic and print media of the county more than any previous political event. However, the media groups did not emerge to represent different stakeholders of this issue with complete impartiality, but appeared as power centers extending their support in favor of one or the other party to enact or resist status quo. This study aims to investigate how four mainstream English newspapers- Dawn, The News, The Nation, and Daily Times used modifiers as linguistic choices to favor or contradict the cause of one of the major participants of this whole event- the government, PTI and PAT. The study anchors around thebasic assumptionof Critical Linguistics (which later became CDA) that language is a social act and ideological processes in discourse depend upon linguistic choices. Among the different linguistic choices, this research studies only the functioning impact of modifiers in ideological representation of different groups and personalities. The analysis of the data shows that English print media remained biased against the opposition parties PTI, and PAT.

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How to Cite
Ali Ahmad. (2021). Azadi and Inqilab Protests’ Print Media Coverage and the Use of Operative Modifiers in Pakistani context. Multidisciplinary Journal of Instruction, 2(2), 19-28. Retrieved from https://journal.mdji.org/index.php/MDJI/article/view/60

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