Anti-West frames dominate Afghan war news coverage

Elina Erzikova, Michel M. Haigh, Adam Sampiev

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A content analysis of war-specific frames used by Soviet mainstream newspapers Izvestia and Komsomolskaya Pravda during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan revealed that the national political system and foreign policy heavily influenced war reporting in the pre-Gorbachev era. In a censored environment, a highly polarized approach framed the West as the enemy and the USSR as the supporter of the Afghan people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-404
Number of pages12
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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