The Representation of a Protest against Jakarta’s Governor in the News: A Transitivity Analysis


News as discourse has an essential role in shaping people’s opinions or views on a particular event or a social actor. Different ways to report the same news can bring different ideology and thus differences in representation (Fowler, 1991). This paper employs transitivity (Systemic Functional Linguistics) approach to examine representations of social actors involved in a demonstration against the governor of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, occurred on 04th November 2016 and the protest itself. It analyses two news texts taken from two different online media, the BBC and the Al Jazeera. The result reveals that the BBC tries to emphasize the violent sides of the protesters and negative aspects of the demonstration while at the same time portrays the governor as a victim of accusation and discrimination and only underlines his positive sides. On the other hand, although the Al Jazeera seems to highlight all sides of the demonstrators and the governor equally, the analysis suggests that it still stresses that the demonstration is violent and a part of political interests.

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Muchamad Sholakhuddin Al Fajri, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

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Conference: GLOBAL2017
Stream: Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies

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