conflict & communication online, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2017
ISSN 1618-0747




Najma Sadiq & Sehar-un-Nisa Hassan
Coverage of Pakistani tribal areas conflict: Prospects of peace journalism

Conflict coverage of Pakistani tribal areas from two Pakistani English-language newspapers demonstrated significance of variations on indicators of war and peace journalism. Overall, the mean on war journalism was significantly higher than peace journalism. Despite dissimilar newspapers’ ideologies, the reporting patterns were the same across newspapers. The mean differences within war journalism were significant across events and types of stories. The findings discussed in the light of theory and context suggested areas of interventions for peace journalism. The dominance of peace journalism indicator, “causes and consequences”, is promising in a way to create a space for analysis of the conflict dynamics.


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The authors:
Dr. Najma Sadiq received her doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently she is Acting Head of the Department of Mass Communication at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. Dr. Sadiq carries professional, teaching and research experience. She is the first female in Pakistan with a foreign PhD degree in Communication Studies. She is involved in funded research projects related journalism and its practices in Pakistan. She has delivered a number of lectures on issues related to conflict, terrorism and Pakistani media. Her research interest involves the theoretical understanding of indigenous communication and media practices.
Address: Department of Mass Communication, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Sector H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Sehar-un-Nisa Hassan received her PhD from The University of Karachi, Pakistan. Currently she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. Dr. Hassan is recognized as an academician, researcher and social psychologist. She worked on research projects related to gender issues, trauma psychology and media psychology. She has more than fifteen publications on her credit and co-authored few chapters for two books (1) Wars, Insurgencies and Terrorist Attacks: A Psycho-Social Perspective from The Muslim World (2) Pakistan Earthquake 2005. The Day The Mountains Moved: International Perspective on Handling Psycho-trauma. She is among executive members for Institute Psycho-trauma Pakistan (IPTP). She aspires to earn repute as a person and professional who work for betterment of society.