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Homophobia as a barrier to comprehensive media coverage of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexual Bill
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Homosexuality, ISSN 0091-8369, Vol. 59, no 4, 564-579 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of October 2009 caused an international outcry and sparked intense debate in the local media. This article explores to what degree a discriminatory social environment manifests itself in the Ugandan print media and discusses the potential implications for media's coverage of contentious policy options such as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. A content analysis of 115 items from two daily newspapers (the government-owned New Vision and the privately owned the Daily Monitor, between October and December 2009) indicates the existence of two separate house styles; this is in spite of the fact that both newspapers reproduce the surrounding society's homophobia, albeit with different frequency. Unlike the New Vision, the Daily Monitor includes coverage on homophobia and discrimination, as well as provides space for criticism of the Bill. By acknowledging discrimination and its negative impact, the newspaper de-legitimizes homophobia and problematizes the proposed Anti-homosexuality Bill for their readers.

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2012. Vol. 59, no 4, 564-579 p.
Keyword [en]
Homophobia, homosexuality, mass media, journalism, Africa, Uganda
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156822DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2012.665679ISI: 000304536700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156822DiVA: diva2:433401
Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-09 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Perilous Silences and Counterproductive Narratives Pertaining to HIV/AIDS in the Ugandan, Lesotho and Namibian Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perilous Silences and Counterproductive Narratives Pertaining to HIV/AIDS in the Ugandan, Lesotho and Namibian Press
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research on Western mainstream media’s framing of HIV/AIDS in the 1980’s, showed that media narratives influenced audiences’ understanding of the epidemic, as well as society’s responses. Subsequently, by analyzing a society’s mass media and its framing of HIV/AIDS, it is possible to explore what understandings are given preferential treatment in that society, as well as explore what social change those narratives indirectly or directly facilitate. Such an analysis is particularly important in Sub-Saharan Africa, the continent most affected by HIV/AIDS and which has struggled to reverse the course of the epidemic. This dissertation has in five separate articles, not only identified and described media narratives on HIV/AIDS and the closely related topic of same-sex sexuality in three countries hard-hit by the epidemic –Lesotho, Namibia and Uganda – but also discussed the potential effects of persistent silences, as well as narratives that are counterproductive to the countries’ ability to respond to their epidemics. The research uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches: content analysis of independent and government-controlled print media products, semi-structured interviews with media practitioners and representatives from organizations that seek to influence the media agenda, as well as analysis of legislative and policy documents.

The articles discuss a range of persistent silences and counterproductive narratives on HIV/AIDS in the three countries. Overall, the media is found to largely fail in providing its readers with narratives that contain many of the particular factors – economic, social, cultural, biological, as well as those related to stigma and discrimination –that fuel their epidemics. The research however also finds differences between the countries and the types of media. In particular privately-owned media is found to play important role in terms of acknowledging the existence of same-sex sexuality as well as relevance in relation to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in Namibian and Ugandan.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 87 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 1652-9030 ; 71
HIV/AIDS, mass media, homosexuality, Africa
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies; International Health
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-157234 (URN)978-91-554-8134-6 (ISBN)
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2011-09-29, H2, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg 10, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-09-08 Created: 2011-08-22 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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