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Charlie Hebdo attack and discourses of Muslims in British and Danish newspapers: a cross-cultural critical discourse analysis of four newspapers.

Lawrie, Michelle

Authors

Michelle Lawrie



Abstract

A perceived shift to the right when representing Muslims in the press in Europe has been evident in recent years. Events such as 9/11, the July 2005 London bombings, broader European discussions and mainstreaming of populist discourses have marked a significant shift in the media focusing on Muslims living in Europe. This paper outlines the discourses used to represent Muslims, via conducting multimodal critical discourse analysis. The paper focuses on the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and cross-culturally compares four newspapers in two countries – the UK and Denmark. Results indicate a recontextualisation of the terrorist attack situating the threat within each country, with newspapers positioned as ‘left’ utilising the same framing and discourses of right leaning newspapers. This situated threat is demonstrated through discourses framing both countries in contrast to Muslim ‘values’. Furthermore, both countries focus on utilising Muslim ‘voices’ who are part of a Star System that are critical of Muslim communities.

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LAWRIE, M. 2019. Charlie Hebdo attack and discourses of Muslims in British and Danish newspapers: a cross-cultural critical discourse analysis of four newspapers. Networking knowledge [online], 12(1): best papers from 2018 Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) postgraduate network conference (MeCCSA PGN 2018): contemporary news discourse around the globe, 5-6 July 2018, Canterbury, UK, pages 23-44. Available from: https://doi.org/10.31165/nk.2019.121.546.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 2018 Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) postgraduate network conference (MeCCSA PGN 2018): contemporary news discourse around the globe
Conference Location Canterbury, UK
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 31, 2019
Publication Date Aug 31, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 8, 2019
Journal Networking knowledge: journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network
Print ISSN 1755-9944
Electronic ISSN 1755-9944
Publisher Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Pages 23-44
DOI https://doi.org/10.31165/nk.2019.121.546
Keywords Media discourse; Muslim representation; Multi-modal critical discourse analysis; Charlie Hebdo; UK; Denmark
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/479648
Publisher URL http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/546

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