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The interaction between these sources and the journalists was then a complex matter. Not only were they negotiating within and between source organizations but also with journalists who were differentially placed in the media. ). Beharrell, in his chapter, drawing upon a comprehensive content analysis of news coverage on AIDS in the media, shows that it is not homogeneous. For example, on an issue central to the government’s campaign—that heterosexuals as well as homosexuals are at risk—the Sun, the Daily Mail and Daily Express published editorials and articles explicitly rejecting the health education campaign and questioning the truth of heterosexual risk.

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Information that stresses ‘the wickedness of terrorism’ is liable to undermine information that stresses the theme of Northern Ireland as a ‘community on the move’. It is the second message which proves to be more difficult to get across. It is not in the interests of the NIIS to highlight violence at the expense of community stability, yet news values tend to relate to the former. In the end we need to be reminded that in this part of the UK the state’s legitimacy is strongly contested. The Northern Ireland Office represents that state and is therefore part of the conflict, not above it.

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