REPRESENTATION OF RELIGION IN PRINT MEDIA IN BRITAIN AND JAMAICA: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

Alton Grizzle, Felipe Chibás Ortiz

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Who or what gets ‘re-presented’ in the media and how has not lost importance in the public sphere? This research is an investigation into the representation of six religions and secular groups on the whole in four newspapers in the UK and one in Jamaica made in 2013. Through content analysis the authors attempted to ascertain, inter alia, which religion was more prominent in the news, sources used and the main discourse or subject about these religions. It concludes that there does not appear to be major differences in the representation of religion across these media systems and countries with similar culture and socio-political context. Islam and Christianity received the most ‘negative’ representation but also ‘positive’ framing for Christianity and others while some religions are not represented at all. Freedom of religion and inter-religious dialogue is relative absent from the public and journalistic discourse. This could be a result of censorship or self-censorship and Culture Barriers to Communication.


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ISSN: 1679-9844 
  

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