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The Alternative Press in Northern Ireland and the Political Process’

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Baker, Stephen (2005) The Alternative Press in Northern Ireland and the Political Process’. Journalism Studies, 6 (5). pp. 375-386. [Journal article]

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Abstract

his article examines how the alternative press in Northern Ireland interpreted the peace process and Good Friday Agreement. While mainstream news greeted the peace accord as an historic opportunity for Northern Ireland to break with its violent past, the alternative publications of the loyalist and republican press were usually less enamoured. Most rejected the Agreement and contextualised contemporary events within long historical memories of struggle, adversity and political betrayal. Since the signing of the Agreement Northern Ireland has suffered a protracted period of political crisis and instability. In this context the dissident views of the alternative press have looked more prescient than mainstream media support for the peace deal. The author argues that paying greater attention to alternative sources of news and information provides a more intriguing insight into the political process and a better understanding of the dynamics of political conflict.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Alternative Press; Northern Ireland; Political Process; Good Friday Agreemen
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:16043
Deposited By:Dr Steve Baker
Deposited On:22 Oct 2010 14:22
Last Modified:22 Oct 2010 14:22

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