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The victim, the wicked and the ignored: Representation of mentally ill perpetrators of violent crime in news reports in the Norwegian, Swedish and Lithuanian press.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
Universitetet i Nordland.
Vilnius University.
2011 (English)In: Northern Lights: Film and media studies yearbook, ISSN 1601-829X, Vol. 9, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

News media reporting on mental illness in western countries shows that mentally ill persons are mostly portrayed as dangerous and as perpetrators of violent crimes. A comparison with news media in a post-Soviet nation shows the same result. A Lithuanian non governmental organization initiated a quantitative analysis on media reporting on mentally ill persons in comparison with Norway and Sweden. The most common topic in all three nations was violent crime stories. This article discusses some of the results from the quantitative study of 566 news articles in autumn 2008, and offers a deepened discussion about the reporting on violent crime stories with a mentally ill perpetrator via an exploratory qualitative analysis of one violent crime case from each nation.

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Intellect Ltd., 2011. Vol. 9, no 1
Keyword [en]
media ethics, media sources, post-Soviet nation, Lithuania-Scandinavia, crime journalism, media representation, violent crime, mental illness
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Media and Communications
Research subject
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47766DOI: 10.1386/nl.9.193_1OAI: diva2:444410
Available from: 2011-09-28 Created: 2011-09-28 Last updated: 2012-06-15Bibliographically approved

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