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THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK  - Issue #278
October 11, 2004

REPORT DETAILS COVERAGE OF VIOLENCE IN SLOVENIAN MEDIA

A new report by a Slovenian nonprofit group examines how print and broadcast media cover violence and crime.

The report, available online at  http://mediawatch.mirovni-institut.si/eng/violence%20in%20the%20media.pdf, was published as part of the Ljubljana-based Mirovni Institute's MediaWatch series.

"The Extent and the Influence of Violence in the Media in Slovenia" by Dragan Petrovec shows how Slovenian media often focus on the most spectacular aspects of violence, which is out of proportion with the actual amount of violent crimes committed. Meanwhile, media sometimes ignore the most extreme forms of violence to protect the certain individuals or social systems.

According to the report, as many as 79 percent of all banner headlines on the front pages of daily Slovenian newspapers feature sensational, violence-related titles. It also points out significant differences in editorial policies between different newspapers and broadcast outlets. POP TV programming, for example, features a significantly greater share of violent content than the programming at SLO 1. Slovenske Novice shows as much as 67 percent of violent content, as opposed to Dnevnik (8.6 percent) and Delo (3.1 percent).

While expressing concern about this trend, Dragan Petrovec discards censorship as a possible solution. He suggests that bodies should be formed within television stations and publishing houses to regulate the representation of violence in the media.

 

source: IJNet 278
published by: Daniela Mathis dma@medienhilfe.ch date of release on this site 13/10/04 

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