“Sorry, you are not as important!” : A study about the unequal media treatment of different terrorist attacks in the world in 2015 –Aftonbladet

University essay from Stockholms universitet/Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Abstract: Since the start of the 21st century, and with the 9/11 events, terrorism has been in the focus of media more than ever. The aim of this study is to analyze the behavior of a Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, and its coverage of terrorist acts that happened through the world in 2015. Through a post-colonialist angle, the study will follow the how the “Us-Versus-Them” is constructed in Aftonbladet’s coverage. This will be done by comparing differences in articles related to various events that have happened in 2015, depending on their specificities. Following the descriptive statistics and discourse analysis methods, the study will be concluded with the fact that there was a difference of treatment of terrorist attacks from Aftonbladet, depending if the events regard “Us” or “Them”.

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