Framing statelessness and ‘belonging’: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s The Daily Star newspaper

  • Kasun Ubayasiri Griffith University, Brisbane
Keywords: Bangladesh, conflict media, Fourth Estate, human rights journalism, Myanmar, journalism, Rohingya


Stripped of Myanmarese citizenship in 1982 and persecuted for three decades, stateless Rohingya have long found precarious refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. This study explores the framing of the Rohingya in Bangladesh’s largest circulating English language newspaper The Daily Star, to examine how one of the nation’s most prominent newspapers of record framed refugee migration into the country. Analysing two distinct random samples of news stories published on The Daily Star website between 1 December 2011– 31 November 2012 and 1 August 2017–31 October 2017, this article argues that The Daily Star’s press identity, defined though a nationalist frame, failed to successfully deliver human rights-based journalism though a globalist Fourth Estate imperative.


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Ubayasiri, K. (2019). Framing statelessness and ‘belonging’: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s The Daily Star newspaper. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 260-276.