One meta-media event, two forms of censorship: The Charlie Hebdo affair in the United Kingdom and Turkey

Lyombe Eko, Lea Hellmueller

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Abstract

This study analyses British and Turkish media conceptualizations of the Charlie Hebdo affair. Editorial decisions to republish or not to republish the Mohammed cartoon cover reflected the politico-cultural pressures on the journalistic fields in both countries. The controversy demonstrated that the editorial autonomy of the British media outlets enabled them to engage in ‘eclectic neutrality’, the right to decide to republish or not to republish the cartoons. Despite the severely constrained journalistic environment of Turkey, where expectations of respect for religion take precedence over freedom of expression, the Turkish media engaged in symbolic acts of resistance in furtherance of freedom of expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-101
Number of pages27
JournalGlobal Media and Communication
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

Keywords

  • Blasphemy
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Mohammed cartoons
  • editorial independence
  • journalistic fields
  • political cartoons

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