Crystallising the official narrative: New discourses about the killings from the Philippine government’s campaign against illegal drugs

Cheryll Ruth R. Soriano, Clarissa C. David, Jenna Mae Atun

“News media’s construction of crime and drugs can shape and change public perceptions and influence popular acceptance of policy and state responses. In this way, media, through selection of sources and framing of narratives, act as important agents of social control, either independently or indirectly by state actors. This article examines how the Philippine government’s anti-drug campaign, and the thousands of deaths resulting from them, has been depicted by the media to the public.”