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    ‘Pitstop of Death’: Irish newspaper coverage of Iraq war protests at Shannon airport

    Browne, Harry and Coulter, Colin and Flynn, Roddy and Hetherington, Vanessa and Titley, Gavan (2019) ‘Pitstop of Death’: Irish newspaper coverage of Iraq war protests at Shannon airport. Irish Political Studies, 34 (1). pp. 92-112. ISSN 0790-7184

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    The airport at Shannon, County Clare, in the west of Ireland, has been a strategically important US military stopping-point in the wars of the twentyfirst century and consequently has at times become a focal point for the various forms of protest that have been adopted by the Irish peace movement. This study, drawing upon a database of Irish national newspaper articles dealing with the anti-war movement from September 2002 to May 2003 – a period covering the build-up to the invasion of Iraq to its immediate aftermath – examines how the US military’s use of Shannon and the protests against it were framed in the print media. The focus on Shannon made Irish media coverage different from that in other European countries: the authors find that a period of Irish government equivocation about the military significance of the airport permitted campaigners to attract some sympathetic attention by providing information about troop movements there – successfully promulgating a ‘counterframe’, i.e. a news frame that ran counter to the government line – but that as the war approached this gave way to a newspaper focus on the dangers of protest, including the ascription of violence.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ireland; anti-war movement; Iraq War; media coverage of protest;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 11952
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    Depositing User: Colin Coulter
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 10:54
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Political Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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