Reporting War

The international NGO that works for freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders, launched a campaign this week to raise public awareness of how journalists risk their lives to bring us news about armed conflict. As part of the campaign, the organization has released a video contrasting photographs taken by war reporters, and the portrayals of… Continue reading

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Imaginative narratives of protest

The motion picture Suffragette, about the campaign of civil disobedience waged by British women in the early 20th century to win the right to vote, has finally premiered here in Sweden. It connects with several themes covered in Media and Politics in a Globalizing World.   Obviously, it is a new example of the sort of media text itemised… Continue reading

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Swedish press on threats to Polish media freedom

An editorial in today’s edition of Sweden’s largest broadsheet, independent liberal Dagens Nyheter, illustrates several things. It highlights the differences between media systems, to use Hallin and Mancini’s terminology, or between cultures of media and politics, in democracies in the same political union. It is an example of agenda-setting by editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski. And it… Continue reading

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UK Media Bias

  Responses this week to publication of the recently re-elected British government’s budget resonate with the longstanding claim that the Conservatives and substantial parts of the British press enjoy a warm relationship. The rightwing Daily Mail depicted the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, as ‘fearless George’ slaying the dragons of the lazy and the… Continue reading

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Liberation and sexism in France

The third chapter of Media and Politics in a Globalizing World, devoted to political elites, opens with the example of French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who fell from grace as head of the IMF when a hotel maid accused him of sexual harassment in New York. DSK’s proclivities were not news, but the French media… Continue reading

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