Online Pravda’s Communicative Intentions Regarding the War in Ukraine: A CDA-Based Study of the Website’s Opinion Articles

Mohammed El-Astal (1) , Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa (2)
(1) Department of Mass Communication and Public Relations, Gulf University, Sand 26489, Kingdom of Bahrain , Bahrain
(2) Department of English Literature and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha , Qatar

Abstract

This research paper, based on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), aimed to uncover how the opinion articles published on Pravda.ru discursively depicted the war in Ukraine and the parties involved. To achieve this, two elements of CDA analysis, namely presupposition and structural opposition, were examined. The first element was scrutinized to determine how Pravda.ru depicted the war in Ukraine (RQ1), while the second element was analyzed to understand how Pravda.ru portrayed the parties involved, whether directly or indirectly, in the war (RQ2). For this study, 83 articles were subject to critical discourse analysis, covering the period from February 25, 2022, to February 24, 2023, the first year of the war. The results obtained from this study indicated that Pravda.ru employed various techniques to construct presuppositions and structural oppositions. Pravda.ru portrayed the war as a 'special military operation' and a 'proxy war.' The former, characterized as a euphemism, aimed to mitigate the impact of the word, presupposing that the events did not constitute aggression against Ukraine. The latter presupposed that Russia was a victim of a conspiracy. Furthermore, the results revealed that Pravda.ru used stigmatization and religious affiliations and terms to construct structural oppositions.

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Authors

Mohammed El-Astal
mohd41@hotmail.com (Primary Contact)
Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa
Author Biographies

Mohammed El-Astal, Department of Mass Communication and Public Relations, Gulf University, Sand 26489, Kingdom of Bahrain

Mohammed Elastal is an assistant professor of public relations at Gulf University, Bahrain. Elastal has a Ph.D. in public relations and three master’s degrees: one in applied linguistics and discourse studies, another in mass communication, and the third in conflict studies. Elastal has extensive experience in teaching communication, journalism, and public relations courses in the Middle East. His research interests include curriculum, writing, public relations, communication, and ethics.

Abdulaziz Al-Mutawa, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha

Abdulaziz M. Al-Mutawa is an assistant professor of English literature at Qatar University (QU), Qatar. He holds a Ph. D. and an MA in English literature, and a BA in English language and literature. Al-Mutawa has extensive experience teaching English literature at Qatar University. Currently, Dr. Al-Mutawa is the Associate Dean for Languages, Communication, and Translation (College of Arts and Sciences, QU). His research interests lie mainly in the field of English literature with a focus on Elizabethan writers like Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare.

El-Astal, M., & Al-Mutawa, A. (2024). Online Pravda’s Communicative Intentions Regarding the War in Ukraine: A CDA-Based Study of the Website’s Opinion Articles. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(2), 26–36. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v24i2.575

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