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Terrorism Framing
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
The book "Framing Terrorism: The News Media, The Government and The Public", is an in-depth analysis of how interpretative frames of terrorism have been created and how they are reinforced by the media. Existing frames of terrorism are outlined end new frames are searched for. In the book it is argued that the event of 9/11 has led to a striking change in perception of foreign and security policy in the US. According to the authors, 9/11 event caused a new “war on terrorism” frame as a primary standard to define and recognize who are “friends” and “enemies” around the world and was quickly accepted and embraced by the White House. This new frame was used to give reason for justifying several policies such as Bush’ hostility against for example the Taliban, Iraq and North Korea. Furthermore, the frame could also be used to create and strengthen relations with other countries such as China and Russia.
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