BBC News coverage of Libya: an analysis of pro and anti-Qadhafi groups

Pike, Harold (2012) BBC News coverage of Libya: an analysis of pro and anti-Qadhafi groups. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This report was designed to study the BBC news coverage that was aired on television during a period of the 2011 Libyan conflict in order to conclude whether or not they showed any form of bias for or against either or all of the forces involved, and how they constructed the representation of the two groups that were involved. Using various academic sources as well as the news reports the BBC distributed, the dissertation investigates the historical and political aspects of Libya’s past, and how this has affected the way in which the western world’s media reports on events in that region. It then goes on to directly study the BBC news reports and how the different language and imagery that are used could show a possible bias towards or against a specific group. The dissertation concludes where it argues whether or not there can be considered a bias and, if so, the possible motives for the BBC that would result from creating negative representations of one of the groups. The study is set within the bigger debates on impartiality at the BBC and fairness of representation within the news media.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 15:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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