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JapanSessions: Media Coverage in Crisis
November 10, 2016 - 13:15-15:00
Public lecture by Jens Sejrup, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Compared to news organizations in other liberal democracies, major Japanese news media seem remarkably content to disseminate government-sanctioned information on national policies and developments without notable critical angles or investigative approaches. Why is that? What about the role of the press as the fourth estate or a watchdog of democracy? The media coverage of the Fukushima disaster exposed large credibility deficits in the Japanese system. Was Fukushima a breakthrough for digital and social media as alternatives to the established press in Japan?
Organizer: ADI and Japan Studies, UCPH