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EU BANS: Reporting European Union laws in the Finnish media

Honkanen, Assi LU (2015) RÄSM02 20151
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
Inaccurate and sensational news about the EU in the media, also known as euromyths, have proven to be an effective tool that creates images for public discussion. Previous research has concluded that the news from Brussels is more likely to be reported inaccurately in the member states’ media but there is little explanation for why this occurs. The focus of this research is on the reporting of EU laws in the Finnish media and what is the role of euromyths. This thesis is based on a literature review of previous research and on content analysis of news articles about EU laws published in the Finnish print and online media in 2013 and 2014. The results were analysed from a socio-legal perspective using Jürgen Habermas’ theories on public... (More)
Inaccurate and sensational news about the EU in the media, also known as euromyths, have proven to be an effective tool that creates images for public discussion. Previous research has concluded that the news from Brussels is more likely to be reported inaccurately in the member states’ media but there is little explanation for why this occurs. The focus of this research is on the reporting of EU laws in the Finnish media and what is the role of euromyths. This thesis is based on a literature review of previous research and on content analysis of news articles about EU laws published in the Finnish print and online media in 2013 and 2014. The results were analysed from a socio-legal perspective using Jürgen Habermas’ theories on public sphere and communicative action for providing an explanation for why euromyths occur and what are their social implications. The empirical results from this research show that EU laws are more often reported inaccurately than accurately in the Finnish print and online media. The analysis from this thesis concludes that euromyths are caused and reproduced by a distortion in the communicative action, created by the power structures and the inequalities within a public sphere. (Less)
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author
Honkanen, Assi LU
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RÄSM02 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
EU in the media, content analysis, communicative action, public sphere, Jürgen Habermas, euromyths
language
English
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7454946
date added to LUP
2015-06-26 15:19:20
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  abstract     = {Inaccurate and sensational news about the EU in the media, also known as euromyths, have proven to be an effective tool that creates images for public discussion. Previous research has concluded that the news from Brussels is more likely to be reported inaccurately in the member states’ media but there is little explanation for why this occurs. The focus of this research is on the reporting of EU laws in the Finnish media and what is the role of euromyths. This thesis is based on a literature review of previous research and on content analysis of news articles about EU laws published in the Finnish print and online media in 2013 and 2014. The results were analysed from a socio-legal perspective using Jürgen Habermas’ theories on public sphere and communicative action for providing an explanation for why euromyths occur and what are their social implications. The empirical results from this research show that EU laws are more often reported inaccurately than accurately in the Finnish print and online media. The analysis from this thesis concludes that euromyths are caused and reproduced by a distortion in the communicative action, created by the power structures and the inequalities within a public sphere.},
  author       = {Honkanen, Assi},
  keyword      = {EU in the media,content analysis,communicative action,public sphere,Jürgen Habermas,euromyths},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {EU BANS: Reporting European Union laws in the Finnish media},
  year         = {2015},
}