Vertrouwen en wantrouwen in de Belgische justitie en de rol van krantenberichtgeving
Faculty of Law
Recht der werkelijkheid : tijdschrift voor de sociaal-wetenschappelijke bestudering van het recht. - 's-Gravenhage, 1986, currens
, p. 42-60
University of Antwerp
In this contribution it has been set out that trust in the Belgian justice system cannot be taken for granted. The article contains empirical research on the reporting of newspapers on the Belgian justice system and tries to uncover a possible causal relationship between reading certain newspapers and trust in the justice system. Although it turns out that quality newspapers report on the justice system in a more negative way, readers of popular papers have less trust in the justice system. A direct link between negative reporting and reduced trust was therefore not found. Socio-economic variables and the priming effect on punitive attitudes in popular newspapers are cited as possible explanations.