The Rhythm of the Media in Periods of the Diplomatic Crisis: Comparative Rhythmanalysis of the Cases of Skripal and Khashoggi

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Marmara Univ, Fac Communication

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Diplomatic crises are bilateral or multilateral conflicts between states. The duration and effects of diplomatic crises are determined by the attitudes of the states. Media is one of the tools that provide information about the progress of the diplomatic crises. Media that remind diplomatic crises can prepare the ground for the continuation of political, economic, military and ideological confrontations. The policies of the central countries may be decisive in the attitude of international media towards diplomatic crises. The frequency of media coverage of crises that bring states or blocs against each other affects the rhythm of the news and events that do not end in news rhythm can be used as an element of oppression. The assassination attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018 and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in 2018 are examples of the international diplomatic crises. This study attempts to show how diplomatic crises affect the rhythm of the media and how the crises are sustained through the news rhythm. The news of the BBC, CNN and RT on the Skripal case and assassination of Khashoggi were analyzed by rhythmanalysis method founded by Henri Lefebvre. Based on the acceptance that rhythm means pressure, the news rhythms of international broadcasters representing different ideologies were compared through case studies. In sum, this paper concludes that the media which tends to reflect official discourses play a role in perpetuating and escalating diplomatic crises and defending the arguments of the parties.


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Diplomatic Crisis, Skripal Case, Assassination of Khashoggi, Rhythmanalysis, News Rhythm


Turkiye Iletisim Arastirmalari Dergisi-Turkish Review Of Communication Studies

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