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Frames of the terrorist attack in Sweden: a qualitative study of true and fake news coverage
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Science of Command and Control and Military Technology Division, Military Technology Systems Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7864-2674
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Ledarskapscentrum.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Emergency Management, ISSN 1471-4825, E-ISSN 1741-5071, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 205-220Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On 7 April 2017, a terrorist attack occurred in central Stockholm. A hijacked lorry was intentionally driven into crowds along a pedestrian street. The purpose of this study was to qualitatively explore how the media framed this terrorist attack. The data collection approach was inductive and explorative, mainly involving searching electronic media databases. The qualitative analysis of 1294 articles resulted in four overarching themes describing how the terrorist attack was framed in the media. These frames are as follows: the incident, framed as confirmed, unconfirmed and denied information; the perception of leadership and authorities as trustworthy; the site perceived as a place of sorrow; and crisis management framed as the initial and sequential framing of the professionals, the heroes and the villains. The primary conclusion is that true as well as fake news affects crisis management and public opinion, which may create challenges for the entire society within the crisis management area. 

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InderScience Publishers, 2019. Vol. 15, no 3, p. 205-220
Keywords [en]
terrorist attack, media, fake news, Sweden, crisis management
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Sociology Psychology Political Science Engineering and Technology
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Systems science for defence and security
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8532DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2019.102309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8532DiVA, id: diva2:1313264
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2020-01-14Bibliographically approved

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