The European Union in the British national press: a questionable objectivity

Mohamed Elabed

Abstract


The way the print media cover a given event in a particular state and during exceptional times makes it reasonable to revisit the notion of objectivity in relation to media discourse. The British press coverage of the Euro crisis may be a relevant case study to this, especially that different British newspapers tend to depict the European Union (EU) in a rather negative manner. However, The British media’s portrayal of the EU could not only be restricted to the benefits or the costs of the EU itself. Having this in mind, one may question the credibility of the rhetoric of such newspapers. The present paper seeks to study the extent to which the press is objective in dealing with the issue of the European Union particularly during the recent Euro crisis. Firstly, it gives a general overview of the British national press or the ‘London press’ placing emphasis on those newspapers[1] which directly attack the EU. Secondly, it studies the way those newspapers depict the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the Euro-group. Thirdly, this paper directs attention to those newspapers which seem to be more objective than their counterparts, assuming that such objectivity could not mean an entire neutral stand.


[1] The newspapers to be investigated here are: The Daily ExpressThe Sun, and The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Times.


Keywords


Objectivity, European Union, United Kingdom, press, euro crisis.

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