The Threat That Became a Reality : The Perception of the Threat of Terrorism in Finland Constructed by Helsingin Sanomat in 2001-2017

Show full item record



Permalink

http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201805292123
Title: The Threat That Became a Reality : The Perception of the Threat of Terrorism in Finland Constructed by Helsingin Sanomat in 2001-2017
Author: Heinonen, Krista
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta, Politiikan ja talouden tutkimuksen laitos
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political and Economic Studies
Helsingfors universitet, Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för politik och ekonomi
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2018
Language: eng
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201805292123
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/235953
Thesis level: master's thesis
Discipline: Poliittinen historia
Political History
Politisk historia
Abstract: The theatrical and dramatic nature of terrorism makes it a suitable topic for the media, which aims to attract as wide an audience as possible. The media remains a fundamental source of public information on terrorism and terrorist attacks, therefore playing a crucial role in the shaping of the public’s understanding of the phenomenon. The aim of this thesis is to examine how the perception of the threat of terrorism constructed by Helsingin Sanomat has changed in Finland during 2001-2017. The method of this research is qualitative content analysis. The primary source of the thesis is articles of Helsingin Sanomat newspaper that were published in 2001-2017. The material consists of 171 articles that include the keywords “Finland” and “terrorism”, and deal with the threat of terrorism in Finland. It should be noted that the database was searched with the whole keywords, excluding possibly hundreds of articles that include derivative forms of the mentioned keywords. This may be considered as one of the main limitations of this research. One of the key findings of this research is that Helsingin Sanomat has extensively used external experts when assessing the threat of terrorism in Finland. The percentage of the usage of experts, when directly assessing the threat of terrorism in Finland, was 81%. Furthermore, the assessment of the threat of terrorism has been largely outsourced to SUPO, by the public as well as by Helsingin Sanomat. The most dominant discoursed identified from the primary source articles were lone wolf terrorism, “lintukoto” thinking, intelligence legislation as well as immigration and Islam. Moreover, the turning points of the development of the threat of terrorism constructed by Helsingin Sanomat were largely in parallel with the terrorist threat assessments of SUPO. The identified turning points of the threat were 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2017. Furthermore, the far majority of the terrorism portrayed in the articles was jihadist terrorism. All in all, one of the central observations was that the perception of the threat of terrorism portrayed by Helsingin Sanomat has gained an increasing amount of news coverage towards the end of the examined time frame, and that the constructed threat may be considered as more pressing than the threat itself.
Subject: terrorism
jihadist terrorism
Finland
Helsingin Sanomat
SUPO


Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record