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The Assad regime in the eyes of the Swedish media: A comparative study of how Swedish media represents the Assad regime
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to describe how the Swedish media have represented the Assad regime, and if the Swedish media representation towards the Assad regime has changed or not. By using Carol Bacchi`s represented to be theory, and framing theory to frame the data. More specifically this thesis examines (1) what kind of regime is the Assad regime represented to be? Is it a religious, democratic, ethnic, undemocratic or something else, (2) what are the causes for the regime´s Actions represented to be?. (3) What is the relation between Syria and other countries represented to be?. This study uses a qualitative approach to conduct a comparative study by comparing the data from two different time periods, 2000-2010 before the civil war in Syria, and the second period 2011-2018 from the start of the conflict in Syria. By looking at newspaper articles from the two Swedish newspapers, Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. This study shows that the Swedish media represented the Assad regime as a as a Religious, undemocratic and political regime between the period of 2000-2010, but during the period of 2011-2018 the Swedish media represented the Assad regime as an undemocratic regime. This study also shows that Swedish media’s representation of the Assad regime has changed, events like the shooting of demonstrators, chemical attacks. The Swedish media presentation of the Assad regime has shifted, from representing the Assad regime as a religious, undemocratic and political regime, shifting to represent the Assad regime as a more extreme undemocratic regime.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
Assad Regime, Framing Theory, Media Framing, Swedish Media, Syria
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12687Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12687DiVA, id: diva2:1231009
Subject / course
Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2018-07-05 Created: 2018-07-05 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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