Professional or personal framing? International media coverage of the Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal

Yuval Karniel, Amit Lavie-Dinur, Tal Samuel Azran

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This article explores whether national political agendas influenced the content of domestic and foreign television news media coverage of the 2011 Israel-Hamas Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. The deal, which released Israeli soldier Shalit in exchange for 1,027 prisoners, is the largest prisoner exchange agreement in Israeli history for a single live soldier, but the third largest prisoner exchange agreement as a whole. A quantitative content analysis was conducted on 2,162 news reports from five international and national news networks - BBC, CNN, Fox and Israel’s Channels 1 and 2. The findings suggest important differences in the way foreign and national news networks cover controversial political events. Findings reveal that Israeli networks strongly aligned themselves with the government’s position, while the BBC provided the most balanced coverage. Prominent differences were found between the two US channels - CNN and Fox News. This work builds on a growing body of research on media framing of political events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-124
Number of pages20
JournalMedia, War and Conflict
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Gilad shalit
  • Media coverage
  • Media ethics
  • Media framing
  • News media
  • Political event

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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