Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers

Latifah Amin, Nurul Ilyana Rezali, Mus Chairil Samani, Zaharah Hassan, Kamaruzaman Jusoff

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Biotechnology has been identified as one of the fundamental technology that will lead the transformation of Malaysia into a developed country by 2020. Based on this scenario, the objective of this paper is to analyse the trend of reporting on the ethical issues in biotechnology in the mainstream newspapers. Content analyses were carried out on four major newspapers, the Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, New Straits Times and The Star over ten years period. The findings from this research showed that the Malay newspapers, the Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian published more materials and news on biotechnology ethic compared to the English newspapers, the New Straits Times and The Star. Majority of coverage focused on modern biotechnology and biotechnology regulation became the top issue compared to cross breeding. The ministers and professionals were the most frequent sources of biotechnology issues reporting. Most of the stories on biotechnology were published in the form of features. In conclusion, the ethical issues of biotechnology were not frequently reported in the Malaysian mainstream media even though the government has highlighted the importance of biotechnology as the catalyst for national development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1939-1945
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume12
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Biotechnology
  • Content analysis
  • Ethical issues
  • Media
  • Newspaper

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Amin, L., Rezali, N. I., Samani, M. C., Hassan, Z., & Jusoff, K. (2011). Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers. World Applied Sciences Journal, 12(11), 1939-1945.

Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers. / Amin, Latifah; Rezali, Nurul Ilyana; Samani, Mus Chairil; Hassan, Zaharah; Jusoff, Kamaruzaman.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 12, No. 11, 2011, p. 1939-1945.

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Amin, L, Rezali, NI, Samani, MC, Hassan, Z & Jusoff, K 2011, 'Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers', World Applied Sciences Journal, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 1939-1945.
Amin L, Rezali NI, Samani MC, Hassan Z, Jusoff K. Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers. World Applied Sciences Journal. 2011;12(11):1939-1945.
Amin, Latifah ; Rezali, Nurul Ilyana ; Samani, Mus Chairil ; Hassan, Zaharah ; Jusoff, Kamaruzaman. / Ethical issues on biotechnology in four mainstream newspapers. In: World Applied Sciences Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 12, No. 11. pp. 1939-1945.
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