Terrorism and the Media

  • Matteo Vergani


This chapter further expands the theoretical and empirical understanding of the issue by looking at the role of the media in increasing the perception of terrorism threats. This chapter discusses why journalists prioritize terrorism news, even in the face of events of similar or greater destructive magnitude such as natural disasters, accidents and war crimes. It then shows that terrorism threat perception tends to be higher in market-oriented national media systems. Following this, this chapter presents qualitative insights about how internet users discuss terrorism-related news. Finally, a comprehensive model of media exposure and threat perception is tested on a representative sample of Australians.


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  • Matteo Vergani
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  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and GlobalisationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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