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The mediated discourse and voice of euthanasia: the Israeli media as a case study
  1. Baruch Shomron
  1. Communication Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Baruch Shomron, Communication Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel; baruchshomron{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Euthanasia is an important social and quality of life issue. However, it is highly controversial and thus continuously debated especially given its legitimacy and legality differ between countries. Little is known about the role media plays concerning this topic. To fill this gap, this study applies a mixed methods approach to a case study of Israeli media, including a quantitative content analysis of news articles (to measure the discourse of ‘civil participation’), a thematic analysis of news articles (to examine the ‘voice’) and a quantitative content analysis of Facebook comments (to measure ‘being heard’). Results indicate that while the media highly enables the media capability of ‘voice’ (both ‘voicing’ and ‘being heard’), it limits the media capability of ‘civil participation’ to a narrow array of discourse, hindering the social debate. These results reveal the role the media plays regarding euthanasia, integral to individuals’ quality of life through the realisation of their media capabilities, and in relation to the act of euthanasia itself.

  • social science
  • internet
  • journalism
  • end of life care
  • cultural studies

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  • Contributors BS is the sole author of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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