ISSN: 20010818
First published in 2012
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Volume 6 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
Children and crime/abuse frame: The view from Botswana
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Authors:  Eno Akpabio 
DOI: 10.1386/ajms.6.2.397_1


The overarching aim of this study was to determine how children and children’s issues have been framed in the Botswana print media. The study universe consisted of news stories on children and children’s issues over a five-year period (2005−09) in Botswana print media. Three newspapers – Mmegi (daily), The Voice and Midweek Sun (weeklies) – were randomly selected for the study. The units of analyses were themes, nature and slant of the news reports. To ensure reliability, two independent coders were contracted to code the content of the news stories. A combination of emergent coding and priori coding was used. The study’s findings indicate that the abuse and crime frame has come to dominate the reporting of children in the Botswana media, which is in line with an earlier UK study. As a consequence, the study recommends more scholarly investigation of the issue and calls for frame evolution to more positive portrayals of children.
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