Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State

David Deacon

in British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627486
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651368 | DOI:
Journalists, Spain and the Propaganda State

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This chapter presents the findings of the research to draw wider conclusions about the continuities and discontinuities between historical case study and contemporary conditions concerning the communication of international conflicts. It is noted that the Republic may have won the propaganda war in the British media but, as it was fighting for much higher stakes than its enemies, the scale of its victory was insufficient. British coverage was dominated by three broad structures of interpretation. As the war progressed, the ‘defence of democracy’ interpretation gained credence over the ‘legitimate reaction’ interpretation within the British media but it was the ‘British interests/British values’ interpretation that dominated most British coverage. Media organisations were emerging from several years of tight government control and were well trained in sublimating their independence to the demands of the national interest. The Propaganda State was a creature of a mediated, rather than mediatised, political system.

Keywords: journalists; Spain; Propaganda State; Republic; British media; British coverage; media organisations; propaganda war

Chapter.  4923 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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