Journalism And Moral Panics

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Media outlets select what to include or exclude in the stories they publish so as to have a specific effect on the public. Whether it is to incite moral panic, force a coming together of a community or to simply provide an alternate voice to a story. It is through this process of selection by media outlets that the public is subject to different narrative styles that depict the same story in different ways. This comparison can be seen in the way different media outlets presented the story of the execution of the two Australians considered leaders of the ‘Bali Nine’ in Indonesia earlier this year.

An online article from ‘The Daily Telegraph’ epitomises choices that show the ‘moral panic’ model of the news. As explained by Critcher in 'Mighty dread: journalism and moral panics’ “a condition…emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests” (Critcher, 2005, p.g 178) which in this case is the death penalty in Indonesia. ‘The Daily Telegraph’ article
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This is extremely effective in presenting multiple opinions presenting contrasting sides to a story to present a more informed piece of news. CNN used footage of a man named Radityo, who is a former drug user himself living in Indonesia. He said, “its necessary to have the death penalty to have the deterrent effect”. This quote, coupled with a statement from the Indonesian president Joko Widodo, “ In one year its 18000 people who die because of narcotics and we are not going to compromise for drug dealers” provides an explantation for why the executions are happening, despite multiple protests and comments made by politicians from other countries. This shows how CNN decided to include statements from both sides of the argument, rather than choosing a specific angle (like that of the ‘moral panic’ model of ‘The Daily

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