The Krugersdorp samurai sword killing: a media analysis

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  • SDG 17
  • SDG 16
  • SDG 5
  • Abstract:

    English: Using data gathered from the South African newspaper coverage, this article examines the space and time frames through which the media cultivated a particular view of the Krugersdorp samurai sword killing. The article also reports on findings from a qualitative content analysis on newspapers’ portrayal of the three dominant space frames, namely the individual, the organisational (teaching and learning milieu) and the societal frames. A total of 62 news stories and editorials were analysed. The study found that the event was mostly framed at the individual level and the present time frame. Findings from the content analysis highlighted newspapers’ conflicting portrayal of Morné Harmse, his parents and the school where the killing took place.