Representation of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani, British and American media: A case study of the Abbottabad Operation
This research paper draws on the representation of Osama bin Laden, after his killing in the Abbottabad Operation, in the Pakistani, British and American media. The aim of this research is to look into the coverage of major national and international media outlets and to assess how they portrayed Osama bin Laden. The media outlets studied in this research study include: Dawn, The New York Times, Guardian, Geo News, Dunya News and PTV News. The content of these media outlets have been studied for the ten consecutive days. In order to ensure the better argument, the first three statements particularly made about bin Laden in the stories were collected, coded and studied. The findings – based on the Quantitative Content Analysis – demonstrate that almost all the selected media outlets stayed critical of Osama bin Laden after his killing in Abbottabad. It further demonstrates that the selected TV channels and newspapers covered it in independent way – without any fear of repercussions from Taliban or al-Qaida.