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Nyhedsmediernes udvælgelse af enkeltsager og deres indtræden på den politiske dagsorden

By Kathrine Hjort Gellert, Camilla Hjort Pedersen, Celine Suhr Nielsen, Emil Hessner Bentsen and Kirstine Maria Andersen


This study seeks to determine how the news media has influenced the politicians, when concerning a specific case that led to a law adjustment. The case involved a Thai woman, Suthida, and her 7-year-old daughter, Im. They were deported due to the death of Suthida’s danish husband. Our research observes that the news media’s impact on the politicians, in this case, portrays a democratic problem. We use case studies to investigate a specific case in order to create an outline and understanding of the case. The analysis is built upon three questions concerning the deportation case of Im and Suthida. Its purpose is to examine the three agendas; the agenda of the news media, the policy agenda and the public agenda. The analysis will study their interdependence. The analysis will round off in a discussion on whether the law adjustment ought to be questioned as a democratic issue, when considering the news media’s selection of this particular case and the politicians’ reaction to the negatively biased news coverage and the consequences arising. The study concludes that there is a democratic issue present in this individual case. The news medias have chosen to cover the case because it meets a number of news criteria. The case had a high level of news potential and managed to activate the interest of the public and the politicians. The politicians made a law adjustment with the specific purpose of changing the outcome of a particular case, chosen by the news media. All cases are thus not treated equally, if the politicians essentially act upon the issues that news medias choose to focus on

Topics: Medier, Politik
Year: 2015
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