Den oskyldiga ängeln och den galna icke-kvinnan: Aftonbladets gestaltning av fallet Yara Alnajjar
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The innocent angel and the mad non-woman (English)
The aim of this bachelor thesis was to examine how the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet represented the leading characters in the reporting about the murder of Yara Alnajjar. The questions examined were: How is Yara, the perpetrators and the municipality of Karlskrona represented in Aftonbladet? How is the relationship between the leading characters of the texts constructed? And what is the relationship between the characters and the audience?
To approach this we made a discourse analysis of ten texts from Aftonbladet, all related to the tragic series of events that costed Yara Alnajjar her life.
The result showed that Yara Alnajjar was represented as a classic victim-hero who’s only job was to be small, innocent, defenseless and to gather sympathy from the audience. And even though she had a different cultural background she became a part of “us”. The female perpetrator was, in contrast to the victim, represented as a mad non-woman. Discredited through her odd behaviour which contained both evil and sad moments. Next to her was the male perpetrator who, despite also being sentenced for the murder, gathered sympathy from the audience. As well as being represented as someone in the deep regret and sadness. The municipality of Karlskrona in return was both given blame for their non-actions and forgiven despite it, since Aftonbladet considered them to have tried to help.
We discovered that the media constructions in Aftonbladet were embedded with roles, archetypes and myths. It also showed that not everyone would fit into their roles so easily.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
journalism, crime news, news, crime, Yara Alnajjar, discourse, victim, child, representation, content analysis, mad women
journalistik, kriminaljournalistik, nyheter, brott, Yara Alnajjar, diskurs, offer, barn, representation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-49179DiVA: diva2:896672
Subject / course
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Forsberg, Anette, Lektor
Ekelin, Annelie, Lektor