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Latvian and Russian-speaking press in Latvia before the EU accession referendum

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dc.contributor Helsingin yliopisto, valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta, Politiikan ja talouden tutkimuksen laitos, Yleinen valtio-oppi. fi
dc.contributor.author Jaranova, Ksenija fi
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-09T12:00:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-09T12:00:50Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/37167
dc.description.abstract In the 2003 Latvian citizens voted ‘Yes’ to EU accession. However, a closer look at the referendum results shows that the Russian-speaking citizens of Latvia voted predominantly against EU accession, while the Latvian-speakers predominantly voted in favour of accession. While there are various explanations put forward by other researchers to understand this difference, the aim of this work is to compare what has been published on EU accession matters in the Russian language press and the Latvian language press in Latvia before the referendum. Two largest Latvian language newspapers (Diena and Neatkariga Rita Avize Latvijai) and two largest available Russian language newspapers (Chas and Telegraf) were used in the study with a total data set of 181 articles. Quantitative and descriptive content analysis was used to analyze the data. Surprisingly, the results of the study showed that there was no large difference in the presentation of EU in the two language newspapers. While the Latvian language newspapers published mostly positive articles on EU accession, the Russian language newspapers did not publish mostly negative articles – on the contrary, neutral or positive articles were noted most frequently. Also news frames were applied in quite a similar fashion in both Latvian and Russian language newspapers. Thus, in the case of this study it has been concluded that the Russian language media most likely did not play a role in influencing the predominant no-vote by the Russian-speakers or this influence might have been minor. Thus, the cause of the predominant no-vote must be sought elsewhere; perhaps, it can be explained as a protest vote against government policies of the time or a protest vote to voice dissatisfaction with the economic difficulties in the areas densely populated by Russian-speakers. A possible explanation to the small differences between the presentations of EU in the two language newspapers could be that the clashing points between the Latvian and Russian speakers lies elsewhere – in the education, language and citizenship policies and EU accession did not affect this areas in any significant way. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.subject EU referendum
dc.subject Latvia
dc.subject sanomalehdet - venäjänkieliset
dc.subject sanomalehdet - latviankieliset
dc.subject lehdistökirjoittelu
dc.subject Euroopan unioni - kansanäänestys
dc.subject Russian-speaking press
dc.subject Latvian-speaking press
dc.title Latvian and Russian-speaking press in Latvia before the EU accession referendum fi
dc.type Thesis fi
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu -työ fi
dc.type.dcmitype text fi
dc.subject.discipline Yleinen valtio-oppi: Politiikan tutkimus fi

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