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British Media Representation of the War in Bosnia Herzegovina: Avoiding the Duties to Prevent and Protect

  • Charlotte McKee
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Abstract

The Bosnian War in the 1990s constituted one of the worst atrocities to occur in Europe since the Second World War, resulting in the internal displacement of an estimated 1.3 million people, it also constituted a glaring warning that the hoped for ‘new world order’ would not be as harmonious as post-Cold War optimism had suggested. It occurred at a time when news media outlets were perceived to have increased dramatically in importance and independence. British news media was often highly critical of the aid supplied by its government to Bosnia and this chapter seeks to understand whether news media utilised language and frameworks of representation to support continued government inaction, by presenting the war as horrific, but distant to British concerns. It focuses on media representation of the geography of Europe and Bosnia, representation of the type of war that was occurring, and on the practicalities of reporting at the time that may have shaped the focus of British reporting.

Keywords

Media Bosnia Representation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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