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Framing The Fight Against Terror: Order Versus Liberty in the Mainstream and Alternative Media

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The threat of terror has strengthened the consensus around the need for order, even at the expense of civil liberties. What is the role of the press in promoting and policing this consensus? This paper examines the performance of news media in Malaysia, where militant cells have recently been uncovered, prompting the use of security laws that permit lengthy detention without trial. The coverage of one of the largest establishment newspapers, The New Straits Times, is compared with that of an independent website, Malaysiakini.com. Consistent with research elsewhere, the mainstream press is found to be generally unsympathetic towards perceived breaches of order. The New Straits Times framed the affair mainly in national security terms. Malaysiakini, in contrast, expressed a concern for civil liberties, and the possibility that the government was exploiting the war against terrorism to crack down on peaceful political dissent. The study highlights the importance of the alternative press in keeping key debates open at times when there is pressure on the news media to support the states agenda.

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George, Cherian. "Framing The Fight Against Terror: Order Versus Liberty in the Mainstream and Alternative Media" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112190_index.html>

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George, C. , 2003-05-27 "Framing The Fight Against Terror: Order Versus Liberty in the Mainstream and Alternative Media" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112190_index.html

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Abstract: The threat of terror has strengthened the consensus around the need for order, even at the expense of civil liberties. What is the role of the press in promoting and policing this consensus? This paper examines the performance of news media in Malaysia, where militant cells have recently been uncovered, prompting the use of security laws that permit lengthy detention without trial. The coverage of one of the largest establishment newspapers, The New Straits Times, is compared with that of an independent website, Malaysiakini.com. Consistent with research elsewhere, the mainstream press is found to be generally unsympathetic towards perceived breaches of order. The New Straits Times framed the affair mainly in national security terms. Malaysiakini, in contrast, expressed a concern for civil liberties, and the possibility that the government was exploiting the war against terrorism to crack down on peaceful political dissent. The study highlights the importance of the alternative press in keeping key debates open at times when there is pressure on the news media to support the states agenda.

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Framing The Fight Against Terror: Order Versus Liberty In The Mainstream And Alternative Press Abstract The threat of terror has strengthened the consensus around the need for order even at the expense of civil liberties. What is the role of the press in promoting and policing this consensus? This paper examines the performance of news media in Malaysia where militant cells have recently been uncovered prompting the use of security laws that permit lengthy detention without trial. The coverage
inquiry” Malaysiakini.com Jun 19 2002. Loone Susan (2002). “Try ISA terror suspects in court says DAP leader at Manila meet” Malaysiakini.com Apr 12 2002. McChesney R. W. 1999. Rich Media Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. Netto Anil (2002). “Amid arrests security concerns take a high profile” Malaysiakini.com Jan. 12 2002. Sigal L. V. 1986. “Who? Sources Make the News ” pp 9-37 in R. K. Manoff and M. Schudson Reading


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