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Type: Journal article
Title: Passivity and exclusion: media power in the construction of the aged-care debate in Australia and Malaysia
Author: Imran, M.A.
Bowd, K.
Citation: Communication Research and Practice, 2023; 9(2):121-141
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2023
ISSN: 2204-1451
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Muhammad Asim Imran and Kathryn Bowd
Abstract: This article explores relationships between media power and older people in Western and non-Western settings, utilising the examples of Australia and Malaysia. Drawing on Fairclough’s three-dimensional critical discourse analysis and a dataset of articles from Australian and Malaysian newspapers, it reveals that despite differences in journalistic practices in the two countries there is a common thread of disparate representation of voices of older people and elites in news about older people. This demonstrates the exercise of power by journalists – and the influence of broader media and socio-political environments – in sustaining and reproducing social inequalities, including opportunities for people to have their stories and issues portrayed fairly and accurately. While the lack of critical engagement by Malaysian journalists can be linked to social norms and ideas of Asian-based development journalism, the absence of critical engagement from the Australian news media can be seen as conflicting with their Fourth Estate watchdog role.
Keywords: Media power; development journalism; Malaysia; Australia; fourth estate; aged care
Description: Published online: 29 Mar 2023
Rights: © 2023 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
DOI: 10.1080/22041451.2023.2188702
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