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The Indignados protests in the Spanish and Greek press: Moving beyond the protest paradigm?

Kyriakidou, Maria and Olivas Osuna, José Javier (2017) The Indignados protests in the Spanish and Greek press: Moving beyond the protest paradigm? European Journal of Communication, 32 (5). pp. 457-472. ISSN 0267-3231

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0267323117720342

Abstract

The protests of the Indignados in Spain and their counterpart of Aganaktismeni in Greece have been the most vocal expression of civic discontent against the ways the Euro crisis has been handled by national governments and the Eurozone. This paper studies how these protests have been covered in the mainstream press. Drawing upon the 'protest paradigm', which longstanding research has employed to describe the template and biased way protests have been traditionally covered, we have conducted content analysis of mainstream Spanish and Greek newspapers. We argue that the reporting overall moved beyond the protest paradigm, adopting a more positive view in reporting the protests, including the individual voices of the protesters and covering the performative aspects of the movement in positive terms. At the same time, however, the protests were overwhelmingly reported as a mere expression of resentment against the status quo rather than as offering valid political alternatives.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ejc
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 12:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85522

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