Differences in journalism culture or is there more to it? Comparing news on the European refugee issue in Western Europe and China

Shujun Jiang, Leen d’Haenens, Li Zhang

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Abstract

This study explores the country-specific, regional and cultural differences and similarities between China and two European countries in their coverage of the European refugee issue and seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the various political interests, social values, and journalism cultures in the countries under study. It analyzed and compared 2,368 news articles in Belgian, Swedish, and Chinese newspapers from 2015 to 2017. The analysis demonstrated that Chinese newspapers put less emphasis on welcoming the refugees by politicians and citizens, but are more prone to report on Islamic religion in their coverage of the refugees than the Belgian and Swedish newspapers. The empirical evidence suggests that the differences in reporting are not only a representation of different political interests and social engagement of the three countries, but, to a large extent, a result of different journalism cultures across nations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-473
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Belgium
  • China
  • content analysis
  • European refugee news
  • journalism culture
  • Sweden

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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