Between science, politics and human rights: media coverage of the blood controversies

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dc.contributor.author King, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T07:56:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T07:56:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11862
dc.description M.A. University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Humanities (Journalism and Media Studies), 2012 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract South Africa obtained a new constitution in 1994 that enshrined the right to sexual orientation, race and gender equality, as well as – crucially – ensuring the “freedom of the press and other media”. However, consequent national debates appear to indicate that the country is still grappling with issues of sexual orientation and of sexual practices. It is against the complexity of this background that this research examines – through a focus on reported conflict over South Africa’s blood transfusion service – how certain debates and controversies around issues of race and sexual orientation arose and played out in the media. The editorials and opinion pieces of both The Star and The Citizen newspapers were more than mere platforms for debates to unfold upon. While both publications did undoubtedly provide a seemingly neutral platform for the two controversies to play themselves out, which included ample input from their readers, both publications from their editorial position intervened in a wide range of editorials, opinion pieces, commentaries and one cartoon. Thus, in fact, they played a powerful role in the curating manipulation of the debates. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Freedom of the press
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Democracy--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual orientation--SouthAfrica
dc.subject.lcsh Blood transfusion
dc.subject.lcsh Blood donors
dc.title Between science, politics and human rights: media coverage of the blood controversies en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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