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Depoliticizing terror: The news framing of the terrorist attacks in Norway, 22 July 2011
Lunds universitet.
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training).
2015 (English)In: Media, War & Conflict, ISSN 1750-6352, E-ISSN 1750-6360, Vol. 8, no 1, 70-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes how the Norwegian news media framed the terrorist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utöya, which killed 77 mainly young people on 22 July 2011. Did the news media favour or counteract the propaganda of the terrorist? After discussing earlier research about terrorism and media and presenting theories on news framing, results from a content analysis of 924 news articles in two major Norwegian newspapers during the first two weeks after the attacks are analyzed. The coverage of the attacks is found to be very descriptive, focused on the perpetrator as an individual, giving him questionable political exposure and not analyzing reasons and consequences on a political–societal level. The news framing functioned as a way of depoliticizing the terror attacks by portraying the attack as conducted by a lone lunatic in contrast to a politically motivated terrorist linked to right-wing extremism.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 1, 70-85 p.
Keyword [en]
framing, news journalism, Norway, propaganda, terrorism
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5112DOI: 10.1177/1750635214531109OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5112DiVA: diva2:777273
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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