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Is it a revolution or a coup?: Scandinavian media representations of the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5657-6493
2017 (English)In: Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, ISSN 2001-0818, E-ISSN 2049-9531, Vol. 6, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

In the summer of 2013, millions of Egyptians returned to Tahrir square in Cairo to demand the resignation of the country’s first democratically elected president. This article examines the two key terms mainly used to describe the ousting of president Mohamed Morsy, ‘coup’ and ‘revolution,’ and how these terms can be understood as arguments for two different interpretations of the event. Particular focus is given to the press corps of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which reveals a discrepancy between the interpretation of Scandinavian online press and the Egyptian majority, meaning that the Scandinavian press corps are telling a story that is not recognized by those it is about. While many media producers speak of a severe polarization, it is found that the divide is actually small in numbers, but grows over time, raising questions about journalistic practice and media ethics. It is concluded that Scandinavian reporting on the Middle East needs to be seriously evaluated and reformed in order to improve its credibility. 

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2017. Vol. 6, no 2
Keyword [en]
Egypt, Scandinavia, media, Mohamed Morsy, revolution, coup.
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Media Studies
Research subject
Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130892OAI: diva2:933935
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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