Press Framing of Anti-Corruption War on Buhari's First Year Anniversary

Fatima Iyabo Abubakre
2017 Journal of Media Critiques  
Media framing which is at the heart of political communication is concerned with the manner that a particular news item or story is produced. This study analyses how five Nigerian newspapers framed the fight against corruption embarked upon by the Buhari administration one year after his assumption of office. Using newspaper editorials published on Nigeria's Democracy Day (May 29, 2016), as unit of analysis, it draws on the methodological context of equivalent framing to demonstrate how the
more » ... cted newspapers have framed the war against corruption which was the major thrust of the 'Change' campaign message articulated by Buhari as a Presidential aspirant and his political party (All Progressives' Congress), during the build-up to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Findings suggest that the Press position on national issues, like the anti-corruption war, is subject to ethnic influence and political ownership as revealed by the 'uncompromising frame' and the 'witch-hunting frame.'
doi:10.17349/jmc117410 fatcat:pwzi2udfr5ha3dv4kljekpejju