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Title: The representation of the question of Jerusalem in the British Press, 1967-2000 : The Times, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph
Author: al-Najjar, Abeer Ismael
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis is an exploratory study of the representation of the city of Jerusalem in the British broadsheet Press. It examines the published material of three dailies: The Times, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph over thirty -three years. The material is analysed qualitatively and quantitatively according to various events. The comparison in the thesis is made horizontally and vertically, that is, across the newspapers and over time. The reporting of news about the city and the conflict over it is interpreted as a pattern, the dynamics of change are monitored and the main trends are highlighted. This study shows that Jerusalem was brought to the news media only by the actors in the conflict over the city. In an examination of what was and was not reported, the study explores the areas of interest and priorities of each newspaper. From a scrutiny of the material published about certain events (covering peace, war, diplomatic crisis and popular uprising), the study discusses the types of presentation of the city made available to the newspapers' readership. It examines the portrayal of the identity given to the city and the depiction of the actors in the conflict in all three newspapers, as well as the range of interpretations of the events reported. The research demonstrates that various factors affected news production, including the selection and framing of news. These factors could be organizational, professional or external. Chapter One of the thesis looks at the presentation of the city during and after the Six -Day War in June 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem. It examines the coverage by the three newspapers of the events at that time and compares their presentations. Chapter Two analyses the material published by the newspapers on the diplomatic crisis over Jerusalem. In particular, it covers the content and effects of the Basic Law passed by the Israeli Knesset in 1980, in which Israel officially annexed East Jerusalem and declared the whole city to be its capital. Chapter Three examines the presentation of two particularly important events in 2000: the Camp David Peace Summit II and the Second Intifada. Chapter Four provides a quantitative analysis of the material published during the whole period under examination. Chapter Five highlights the main trends in the selection and framing of news about Jerusalem. It focuses on the characterization of the city and its identity as an area of diversity among the newspapers. Chapter Six discusses the factors resulting in the consensus and diversity among the newspapers. The study concludes that further investigation needs to be made into the factors influencing the presentation of Jerusalem. This research is the initial stage in developing an understanding of an interesting area in the creation of news about a very complicated issue.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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