Strategic communicators in violent conflicts - “Politics”
The international news coverage is a relevant source of information for the public’s understanding and interpretation of conflicts, because most of us do not directly experience the unfolding events (Cottle, 2006; Quandt et al., 2014). Since the public’s understanding and interpretation of conflict might be consequential for political processes, a large variety of actors compete over access to and influence on the news coverage to achieve an equally large variety of organizational goals (Wolfsfeld, 2004, 2011). Some of these goals are to bring peace to a region troubled by violent outbursts, to legitimate a military intervention or to promote and legitimize the cause of a violent terrorist group (Brüggemann & Weßler, 2009; Wolfsfeld, 2004; Yarchi, 2016).
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