Journal Article

Criticism of the police in the news.: Discourses and frames in the news media’s coverage of the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs

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Abstract

Mediated descriptions of reality are tremendously important to the way the public – and policymakers – perceive the police. This article analyses how leading news outlets reported and commented on complaints against the Norwegian police in 2005-2008. The study is based on content analyses of press and television coverage, with special emphasis on a publicly debated police action where a student of African heritage lost his life. In most cases the news coverage of the police and the investigators of the police is event-driven, and the picture of the police seldom points to institutional or organisational matters. The story is too often one about individual wrongdoings alone. Unfortunately, such media pictures matter and influence policy decisions, especially when they become the point of departure for political debate.

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Nordicom Review, Vol 35, Issue 1.
  • Pages:
    33-50
  • Published:
    2014
  • Language:
    English

About the Authors

Sigurd Allern

Utbildning: Dr.polit. vid Universitetet i Bergen (1997). Magistergrad i sociologi, Universitetet i Oslo, 1974. Professor i journalistik vid Universitetet i Oslo sedan 2003. Bonnier professor, JMK, Stockholms Universitet, 2008. Gästprofessor Stoc... Read more

Ester Pollack

Ester Pollack, PhD, is a Professor of Journalism Studies in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University and deputy head of the department. Her research combines sociological and historical perspectives on the relations between two of s... Read more

Reference

Allern, S. and Pollack, E. (2014). Criticism of the police in the news.: Discourses and frames in the news media’s coverage of the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs. Nordicom Review, 35(1), pp. 33-50.