"Our" Criminals-Israeli Press Coverage of Domestic Political Criminals

Amit Lavie-Dinur, Yuval Karniel, Tal Samuel-Azran

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The study examined media coverage of Israeli citizens convicted of committing political crimes against the state in order to determine how the media portrays such perpetrators, ultimately to discern what these framing choices suggest about citizens involved in political crimes. In contrast to external acts of political crime for which the explanation provided by the media is clear, mainly that the perpetrator, "the other," is evil and acting against "us," this study found that when the perpetrator is "one of us" there is a profound need in the media to find a multidimensional explanation for the act. This study found that the Israeli media applies a personalized news frame to portray each of "our" criminals differently and explain their motivations to the public.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-299
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 21 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Domestic Terror
  • Gender
  • Ideological Crime
  • Masculinity/Femininity
  • Media Frames
  • Political Crime
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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