Visuals and Ethics: Framing the Karachi Airport Attack

  • Nahid Akhtar MPhil Scholar in International Relations, NDU, and Reporter at APP
Keywords: Agenda setting, framing, terrorism, discourse, Karachi Airport attack, journalism


Pakistani media has come under severe criticism for its immaturity in reporting, oversimplification, lack of investigative reporting, and sensationalism. Thus criticism extends particularly to the unfolding events of terrorism as well. This paper will see if this criticism has any shred of truth to it by doing the visual and content analysis of the electronic media during the Karachi airport attack. The paper argues that the media coverage of the tragic terror incident was unethical, unprofessional and helped terrorists in creating fear and terror.