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Minority Report: A comparative study of how Swedish Public Service serve Roma
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Every four years the Swedish Ministry of Culture issues a broadcasting license that stipulates the general direction of programming for Sweden's three public service companies. According to the license, they should take into account linguistic and ethnic minorities and improve these groups' accessibility. Sweden has five national minorities, one of them being the Roma people, a group with 500 years of history in the country.

This study focuses on how, and if, the public service companies meet the obligations they have toward the national minorities, focusing on the Roma group. In order to achieve these objectives, the policy documents on integration and minority issues, created for and by SVT, SR and UR,are analysed with a qualitative comparative analysis. The people that work with media for the Roma, as well as the people responsible for diversity issues at the public service companies, are also interviewed, using qualitative interviewing techniques, to get an idea of how the companies strive to follow the policies. Finally, the recent official investigations on the public service companies' work for the Roma are compiled to get an overview of how the authorities evaluate the work. The results show that although progress has been made in the last few years, more needs to be done to serve the Roma in a satisfactory manner. Allowing the companies to share the responsibilities for the group enables them to share the blame as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Public Service, Roma, National Minorities, Policy Documents, SVT, SR, UR
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90816OAI: diva2:627251
Available from: 2013-06-13 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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