A support withdrawn: 'Spain's 9/11' and Australian newspaper framing

Donnar, G 2009, 'A support withdrawn: 'Spain's 9/11' and Australian newspaper framing', Computer Games: Co-Creation and Regulation, vol. 130, no. February, pp. 39-49.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title A support withdrawn: 'Spain's 9/11' and Australian newspaper framing
Author(s) Donnar, G
Year 2009
Journal name Computer Games: Co-Creation and Regulation
Volume number 130
Issue number February
Start page 39
End page 49
Total pages 11
Publisher School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland
Abstract This study represents an attempt to redress the neglect of academic research into coverage of the Madrid train bombings through a content analysis of major Australian newspapers in the immediate aftermath (12-21 March 2004). It quantifies a sudden and significant shift in representation from a 'support for Spain' news frame following the bombings to a 'criticism of Spain' frame following the Spanish national election result only three days later. Australian newspapers made support for a terrorised Spain conditional on a politics of representation marked by the 'war on terror' as a master frame, and served to reflect the political interests and sponsored interpretation of government sources. The moral implications of this withdrawal of support for the Spanish cannot be under-estimated, for it suggests that Australian newspapers were prepared to contribute to an 'erosion' of compassion for recent victims of terrorism.
Subject Communication Studies
Media Studies
Keyword(s) Madrid Train Bombings
2004 -- Press coverage
Australian newspapers
Elections -- Spain
Mass media and war
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