Title
On news media and democratic debate: framing agricultural biotechnology in Northern BelgiumOn news media and democratic debate: framing agricultural biotechnology in Northern Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Research group
Media, policy and culture
Publication type
article
Publication
Deventer,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
International communication gazette. - Deventer, 2006, currens
Volume/pages
73(2011):1/2, p. 83-105
ISSN
1748-0485
1748-0493
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c:vabb:306671
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In characterizing the European debate on agricultural biotechnology as a risk conflict between different social groups with competing interests, the research question posed by this article is whether and to what extent news media are found to facilitate democratic debate about this technology, in terms of interpretive frames (and their sponsors) that influence or fail to influence news discourse. Data are presented from a content analysis (N = 1385) with a specific focus on how three elite and two popular newspapers in Northern Belgium report this debate between January 1998 and December 2007 in terms of a systematic selection of events, sources and frames. The aggregate findings indicate a politicization of the debate between February 1999 and April 2004, whereas the debate was primarily framed as a matter to be left to technocratic decision-making and/or market forces before and after. A more complex picture emerges when the results are considered by newspaper title.
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