Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Major

Journalism and Mass Communication

First Advisor

Raluca Cozma

Abstract

This study investigates the framing of the ratification of the Nepali Constitution and the disagreement it raised in newspaper articles published in two countries, Nepal and India, for six months. Using framing analysis, this study compares the way in which Indian and Nepali newspapers differed in terms of frames, tone, and news sources while covering the ratification of Nepal’s constitution and the conflict raised after that in the form of an economic blockade (embargo). The content analysis reveals significant differences in the conflict frames between the two countries’ newspapers. Newspapers differed also in how they presented the stories, as Indian newspapers used an anti-constitution tone, while Nepali stories were more likely to use a pro-constitution tone. And both countries heavily relied on their official sources for the news.

Although Nepali newspapers had a history since May 1901, studies concerning Nepali newspapers are scarce. Especially, the ongoing India-Nepal disagreement, which started almost seventy years ago, has been neglected by researchers. Therefore, this study aims to study the conflict between two democratic countries, India and Nepal, and how it was portrayed by elite newspapers in both nations.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-4959

Copyright Owner

Amir Joshi

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

75 pages

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