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Amerikansk påverkan på svensk nyhetsmedia - en studie av två svenska tidningar vid Irakkrigets början
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is based on Herbert I Schiller’s theory from the 1970’s. His theory is about the American influence upon media. “Aftonbladet” and “Dagens Nyheter” have been investigated to find out if there is anything indicating this. The analysis has been accomplished on material from 18th of March to 22nd of March, that is to say at the beginning of the Iraqi War. A similar report may have taken place during the Gulf War in 1991. Information that was imparted to the world’s news-coverage at this time was to a great extent made up of the supreme command of the Allies view of war. The War was described as clinical, high-tech and bloodless. Therefore it is interesting to find out if there is any similar indication of this during the Iraqi War. The concrete questions being discussed in our essay are as follows: Do the Swedish Newspapers we chose to look at have a picture of the Iraqi War as a clinical and bloodless one? Is the presentation of the USA looked with more favour on than Iraq? Do the American bureau's dominate the newspapers sources? Is there a majority of articles supporting the matter of the USA? Does “Aftonbladet” distinguish from “Dagens Nyheter” in the above mentioned questions? The analysis has been accomplished both in a qualitative and a quantitative way as well as headlines, introduction, pictures and captions concerning the Iraqi War. We have found that the War is reported clinical and bloodless. It brings to mind that the War is described in terms of performing surgery. Not much is mentioned about people being hurt in connection with the bombing. A constant feature of reporting is that the USA is more positively described than Iraq. This can be seen in the pictures the newspapers have chosen to publish, but also in choice of words and phrases. The American photo-departments are in majority. Few of all articles in “Aftonbladet” and “Dagens Nyheter” was made in Iraq. A great deal of our analysed material was produced by reporters living in other parts of the world. “Aftonbladet” had at the beginning of our analysis given the greater part of its material an American angle. “Dagens Nyheter” was more balanced during the whole period. The conclusion we have come to is that the American interests have an effect on what is reported in Swedish media. Herbert I Schiller’s thoughts and theories from the 1970’s also have some relevance in our time.

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2003. , 50 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-57358Local ID: MKV C-31OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-57358DiVA: diva2:1121969
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Media and Communication Studies
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