Publication
Title
Fukushima through the prism of Chernobyl : how newspapers in Europe and Russia used past nuclear accidents
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Abstract
This research explores influential factors of using narratives of Chernobyl in media reporting about the Fukushima nuclear accident: radiological consequences, geographical distance from the accident, status of a nuclear energy production, public opinion about nuclear energy and the level of a nuclear accident (INES scale). This study applies a large-scale media content analysis of newspapers articles (N = 1340) published in the first two months of the accident in twelve press opinion leaders in Belgium, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovenia and Spain. The results show that the memory on the Chernobyl nuclear accident appeared in more than in every third article reporting of the present Fukushima nuclear accident despite the fact that Fukushima carried no direct radiological hazard for the newspapers audience and, a frequent use of narratives is related to negative attitudes towards nuclear energy, a higher risk perception of nuclear power plants and to an active nuclear energy industry in the newspapers country.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Environmental communication. - Abingdon
Publication
Abingdon : 2019
ISSN
1752-4032
Volume/pages
13:4(2019), p. 527-545
ISI
000463924800007
Note
Special issue: Environmental debates over nuclear energy: media, communication, and the public
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
PREPARE: Innovative integrative tools and platforms to be prepared for radiological emergencies and post-accident response in Europe
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 17.04.2018
Last edited 15.07.2021
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