Representing the "Zionist Regime": Mass Communication of Anti-Zionism in the English-language Iranian Press

Date

2014

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British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Anti-Zionism constitutes an important ideological building-block of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). This paper provides insight into the mass communication of anti-Zionism in the English-language Iranian Press in order to examine how this ideology is ‘exported’ to an international readership. The paper presents the results of an empirical study of two leading English-language Iranian newspapers: The Tehran Times and Press TV. The study uses critical discourse analysis and draws upon tenets of Social Representations Theory from social psychology. The following discourses are discussed: (i) Resisting social representations of Israeli statehood; (ii) Constructing threat: The Zionist regime as a terrorist entity; and (iii) Responding to threat: Anti-Zionism as a religious duty for the Muslim Ummah. As a ‘mouth-piece’ of the IRI, these outlets adopt and encourage a fervently anti- Zionist stance by refusing to recognise the statehood and civilian population of Israel and by constructing the ‘Zionist regime’ as a terrorist threat which should be mitigated collectively by the Islamic Ummah. Implications are discussed.

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Keywords

media representations, Iran, Israel, anti-Zionism, prejudice, social representations theory, critical discourse analysis, qualitative, social psychology

Citation

Jaspal, R. (in press). Representing the "Zionist Regime": Mass Communication of Anti-Zionism in the English-language Iranian Press. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 41 (3), pp. 287-305

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Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Mary Seacole Research Centre