A Fluid Relation Between Conservative Newspapers and Right-wing Facebook Pages? An Analysis of the Perspectives on Refugees


Creative Commons License

ÇEÇEN A. F., ÇEÇEN F.

MIGRATION AND COMMUNICATION FLOWS: RETHINKING BORDERS, CONFLICT AND IDENTITY THROUGH THE DIGITAL, Bilbao, Spain, 2 - 03 November 2017, pp.10-11

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Bilbao
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-11
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

A Fluid Relation Between Conservative Newspapers and Right-wing Facebook Pages? An Analysis of the Perspectives on Refugees

As the Syrian conflict continued to make more people flee from their home, not only countries bordering Syria such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan but also ones with better standards of living (especially European countries) were frequented by asylum seekers. It has been a challenge for the asylum seekers to survive in the above-mentioned Middle Eastern countries as they have been struggling already existing problems from economic, ethnic and sectarian as well as having lower standards in terms of democracy and human rights compared to the ones in Europe. However, in a surprising way, while the ones with lower levels of democracy and human rights played a significant role in response to the growing humanitarian crisis, the ones with higher standards of democracy and human rights hesitated to take part in the issue (or took too long). In the current study, we conducted a frame analysis to the news coverage about refugees of a conservative newspaper (the Daily Mail) between the days 23-29 May (after the horrible terrorist attack that took place in Manchester) and compare it to a right-wing Facebook page’s (Britain First) posts to comprehend if there is a fluid relation between them.

Keywords: British Right-wing Newspapers, Facebook Hate Pages, Europe’s Muslim Question, Immigration, Hate Speech, Discriminative Sub-discourse