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A Flag of Convenience? Discourse and Motivations of the London-Based Eurosceptic Press

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Abstract:

After an initial investigation of the motives underlying the Euroscepticism of three tabloid newspapers (the Sun, the Mail and the recently schizophrenic Express), this article focuses in detail on the sceptic broadsheets, the Times and the Daily Telegraph. It examines the discourses of nationalism present in these papers' reporting on the European Union, prior to suggesting that in most cases this nationalism appears, to varying degrees, to be a facade masking the commercial interests of the papers' proprietors. The article concludes by looking at the implications for British democracy of the manner in which the UK Eurosceptic press reports on the EU.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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