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Communicating strategically in the face of terrorism: The Spanish government’s response to the 2004 Madrid bombing attacks

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Canel, María-José (2012) Communicating strategically in the face of terrorism: The Spanish government’s response to the 2004 Madrid bombing attacks. Public relations review (38). pp. 214-222. ISSN 0363-8111

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With the re-emergence of insurgency tied to terrorism, governments need to strategically manage their communications. This paper analyzes the effect of the Spanish government’s messaging in the face of the Madrid bombing of March 11, 2004: unlike what happened with the 9/11 bombings in the USA and the 7/07 London attacks, the Spanish media did not support the government’s framing of the events. Taking framing as a strategic action in a discursive form (Pan & Kosicki, 2003), and in the context of the attribution theory of responsibilities, this research uses the “cascading activation” model (Entman, 2003, 2004) to explore how a framing contest was generated in the press. Analysis of the coverage shows that the intended government frame triggered a battle among the different major newspapers, leading editorials to shift their frame over the four days prior to the national elections. This research analyzes strategic contests in framing processes and contributes insight into the interactions among the different sides (government, parties, media, and citizens) to help bring about an understanding of the rebuttal effect of the government’s intended frame. It also helps to develop an understanding of the role of the media and the influence of citizens’ frames on media content.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Government communication; Strategic communication; Terrorism Framing
Subjects:Social sciences > Information science > Communication
ID Code:36611
Deposited On:20 May 2016 08:35
Last Modified:20 May 2016 08:35

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