No compassion for Muslims?

Autor(en)
Desiree Schmuck, Jörg Matthes, Christian von Sikorski
Abstrakt

Islamist terrorist attacks have become a salient threat to Western countries, and news coverage about such crimes is a key predictor of public emotional reactions and policy support. We examine the effects of two key characteristics of terrorism news coverage: (1) the victim’s religion and (2) first-person narratives that facilitate perspective taking. A quota-based experiment (N = 354) revealed that irrespective of the narrative type, news reports that mention the victims’ Muslim religion induce less anger and compassion, but more joy among non-Muslim news consumers. However, fear was equally induced by all news articles. As a consequence, fear, anger, and joy predicted support for more restrictive terrorism policies, while anger and compassion were related to more support for victim compensation.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universität Koblenz-Landau
Journal
Crime & Delinquency
Anzahl der Seiten
24
ISSN
0011-1287
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287211000626
Publikationsdatum
03-2021
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft, 508014 Publizistik
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Law, Pathology and Forensic Medicine
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/no-compassion-for-muslims(e748e6fe-843f-4580-9d38-fd884a80ce7c).html