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Advisors: Dr Amare Asgedom
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 10-Jan-2009
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The purpose of this research was to explore the coverage of human trafficking by journalists and the media by taking the case of 'Enewaq' programme, through FM Addis 97.1 Radio Station, as one of the efforts being made is giving the issue media coverage. Human trafficking was selected as a case study because it is a serious problem not only in Ethiopia but also around the world. It is the only programme on this subject broadcast on the Ethiopian mass media regularly. The scale or amount of coverage of human trafficking activities in the ‘Enewaq’ programme was studied using content analysis method. In order to answer the main research question, whether the issue was given priority or addressed well, and to make the research more comprehensive, I used quantitative as a major method and qualitative as a complementary method of research. Media theories, including agenda setting and social responsibility, have been used to inform the analysis and discussion. The findings from the study suggest that the issue of human trafficking is covered infrequently in terms of time allocated for it and frequency distribution. In terms of quality, the programme could have been improved following the principles of mass communications and the relevant media theories. Carefully designed media messages can promote ideas, bring about change in attitude and certainly make a difference. In the absence of such changes, it is likely that the problem of human trafficking will continue to grow. The paper concludes, therefore, that greater media attention and priority should be given to the problems of human trafficking. There also a need to synchronize effort among stakeholders, and a clear policy, to deal with this serious and growing criminal issue.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1896
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Thesis - Journalism and Communication

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