The mirror effect : Spanish and Belgian press coverage of political conflicts in Flanders and CataloniaThe mirror effect : Spanish and Belgian press coverage of political conflicts in Flanders and Catalonia
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Media, policy and culture
Media, ICT and interpersonal relations in Organisations and Society (MIOS)
International journal of communication. - -
7(2013), p. 1622-1640
University of Antwerp
This article analyzes how the press in Belgium and in Spain reports on Catalonia and Flanders, respectively. Grounding our arguments in the theories of national identities and the domestication of the news, we propose the concept of the mirror effect to explain the logics of comparison of two different contexts. Combining a content analysis of eight major newspapers with a qualitative discourse approach, the article shows that reporting on political conflicts such as the ones analyzed tends to use the others case as a model to learn from that may or may not be followed. The results also indicate considerable differences between the Belgian and Spanish cases, the latter being more politicized and focused on the others national conflict.