Do journalists differentiate between Muslims and Islamist terrorists?

Autor(en)
Christian von Sikorski, Desiree Schmuck, Jörg Matthes, Claudia Klobasa, Helena Knupfer, Melanie Saumer
Abstrakt

We examined how Muslims are depicted in connection with Islamist terrorism and to what extent journalists use undifferentiated coverage – that actively links Muslims to terrorism – and differentiated coverage that actively differentiates Muslims from terrorism. Drawing from research in journalism studies and from terror management theory, we examined media-specific and event-specific predictors using a quantitative content analysis (12 quality/tabloid newspapers from three countries, N = 1071 articles). Results reveal that undifferentiated coverage occurs in almost every other article. Differentiation occurs much less. Tabloids use undifferentiated and differentiated coverage in fact-oriented and opinion-oriented articles. Quality news only do so in opinion-oriented articles. Proximity of a terror event resulted in more undifferentiated and less differentiated coverage. Results have important implications for journalism practice, terrorism research and intergroup relations.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Universität Koblenz-Landau, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universität Wien
Journal
Journalism
Band
23
Seiten
1171-1193
Anzahl der Seiten
23
ISSN
1464-8849
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884921990223
Publikationsdatum
05-2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft, 508014 Publizistik
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Communication, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/do-journalists-differentiate-between-muslims-and-islamist-terrorists(74885157-7b63-4db7-b76a-b3728af47a29).html