The image of terrorism in the English-language media of Finland and Russia
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
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|Publish Date:|| 2018-04-06
|Thesis type:||Bachelor's thesis
The subject of this thesis is the image of terrorism in the English-language media of Finland and Russia. The purpose of this thesis is to present analysis of several online articles that concern two terrorist acts: the Turku stabbing of 18 August 2017 and the Saint Petersburg metro bombing of 3 April 2017. The approaches of such English-language media as Helsinki Times, Yle News, The Moscow Times and Russia Today to this topic will be considered. The first two of the mentioned are Finnish media outlets and the latter two are the Russian ones. It is a qualitative study that employs Fairclough’s approach (1992) to critical discourse analysis. The research aim is to explore the differences and similarities in the terrorism discourse of two countries and their media in order to see how media articles change the image of terrorism in the society. The results show that there are discrepancies not only between the countries but also between different news sources in one country. Nevertheless, in general it can be said that Russia tends to create a more militaristic image of terrorism than Finland does. Russian media outlets use photos that show violence, harsh vocabulary and personal stories of victims to create an impression of war between terrorists and the government, in which the government is winning.
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