Naturalising the new cold war : The geopolitics of framing the Ukrainian conflict in four European newspapers

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Ojala , M M & Pantti , M K 2017 , ' Naturalising the new cold war : The geopolitics of framing the Ukrainian conflict in four European newspapers ' Global Media and Communication , vol. 13 , no. 1 , pp. 41-56 . DOI: 10.1177/1742766517694472 , 10.1177/1742766517694472

Title: Naturalising the new cold war : The geopolitics of framing the Ukrainian conflict in four European newspapers
Author: Ojala, Markus Mikael; Pantti, Mervi Katriina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research
University of Helsinki, Communication
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 56
Belongs to series: Global Media and Communication
ISSN: 1742-7665
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/208491
Abstract: The conflict in Ukraine has prompted analyses about the return of cold war divisions to Europe. This study focusses on the role the news media plays in the conflict by examining how the visual and textual practices of news framing help constitute geopolitical rationality and legitimise foreign policy. We analyse how the framing of the conflict in Die Welt, Dagens Nyheter, Helsingin Sanomat and The Guardian developed through four key events between February 2014 and February 2015. The analysis indicates that by promoting particular news frames the newspapers contributed to the legitimation of European Union policies, which are premised upon supporting the Ukrainian government in its military campaign in eastern Ukraine and placing responsibility for the conflict onto Russia. Hence, we argue that the news framing eventually contributed to the naturalisation of the ‘new cold war’ as a geopolitical rationality, orienting and legitimising foreign policy in Europe
Subject: 518 Media and communications
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