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News framing in different language versions of state-sponsored international media: A case of Russian and English versions in RT and Radio Liberty
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The current paper examines the dissimilarities that have occurred in news framing by state-sponsored news outlets in their different language versions. The comparative framing analysis is conducted on the news coverage of the Russian intervention in Syria (2016) in RT and Radio Liberty in Russian and English languages. The certain discrepancies in framing of this event are found in both news outlets. The strongest distinction between Russian and English versions occurred in framing of responsibility and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The study attempts to explain the identified differences in a framework of public diplomacy and propaganda studies. The existing theories explain that political ideology and foreign policy orientation influences principles of state propaganda and state-sponsored international broadcasting. However, the current findings suggest that other influence factors may exist in the field – such as the local news discourse and the journalistic principles.

This conclusion is preliminary, as there are not many studies with the comparable research design, which could support the current discussion. The studies of localized strategies of the international media (whether private networks or state-funded channels) can refine the current conclusions and bring a new perspective to global media studies.

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International propaganda, public diplomacy, news framing, state-sponsored media, mediated conflict, Russia Today, Radio Liberty
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131262OAI: diva2:937066

This thesis was supported by the Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet) 

Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

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