Analysis of Tweets on Panama leak by Political Leaders of Pakistan
Keywords:Tweet, Political Leader, Pakistan, PTI, PPP, Panama leak
This study aimed to explore the frames and slants used on twitter about PANAMA leak issue in Pakistan. As the twitter is widely used platform for political discourse and activism, having great popularity in Pakistan for political interests. The study has covered the time period from the uncovering of Panama Leak Issue in April 2016 to one of the big decision, disqualification of (Ex) Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Shareef, in July 2017. The sample of the study consists of 943 tweets including 446 by PML-N, 373 from PTI and 124 tweets by PPP. This study is a content analysis of political tweets of leading political party leaders. The detailed analysis has been carried out following qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Findings indicate that the political leaders framed the issue according to their political interests. The issue remained strongly unfavourable to Sharif family as two leading opposition political parties’ leaders raised voices against them. Analysing tweets provided an understanding of the biased approach of political leaders.