Anti-media populism: Expressions of media distrust by right-wing media in India

Prashanth Bhat*, Kalyani Chadha

*Corresponding author for this work

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Criticism of mainstream media as being “biased” has emerged as a defining characteristic of right-wing discourse all over the world. Such expressions are coupled with the establishment of right-wing news outlets that seek to undermine professional journalism. But while scholars have examined the operation of such outlets in the context of Western democracies, anti-media populism in the Global South has received little scholarly attention. Through a thematic analysis of articles published on a right-wing news site in India, this paper seeks to address this gap in the literature and identify the discursive strategies employed by the right-wing media to discredit the mainstream press in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-182
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • BJP
  • conservative media
  • Indian media
  • Populism
  • right-wing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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