Communicating ‘Government’: A Case Study of Anti CAA News in India

Conference: The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2022)
Title: Communicating ‘Government’: A Case Study of Anti CAA News in India
Stream: Journalism
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Rakesh Kumar Yogi, Gurugram University, India


Informing, educating, and sharing ideas with others are the main objectives of communication. From the dawn of sign languages through the development of communication technologies, society has been held to high standards of knowledge, intellect, and comprehension. For this, they created several media tools. Therefore, the human civilization sought a qualitative path from less information to a degree of well-informed understanding. But the aberrations that happened during this journey also need to be researched, implicitly stated and documented. In India media initiates a counterfeited narrative which is so meticulously weaved around the legislative acts that it becomes difficult for the ‘receiver of the information’ to comprehend it in a rational way. The staging of such ‘disinformation’ is often done around government legislations to establish ‘anti-Government’ narratives. The paper proposes to present a normative assessment of Indian media reports on the “Citizenship Amendment Act 2019” which was passed through the parliamentary procedure. The paper critically examines how media worked during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) campaign and investigates the news coverage of NDTV, The Wire, and The Hindu. Through qualitative and quantitative content analyses methodology the study will analyze specific misinformation media coverage on the issue of CAA in India. The research findings indicate that false information concerning this act might have been a major cause for lawlessness and chaos, under the garb of democratic protest, which spread across India during December 2019 to March 2020.

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