Master's thesis presentation: Zahir Athari
The candidate will be presenting his master's thesis: Right’s Discourse : In the Representation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in three Norwegian Newspapers
This thesis examines whether refugees and asylum seekers are represented as right-holders as defined by international conventions and instruments including the 1951 Refugee Convention on Status of refugees, which Norway has signed up to and ratified. Three Norwegian national newspapers have been selected for the purposes of this examination. An intensive literature review has shown that such an enquiry has been absent from scholarly environment in this field. Employing Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in both theory and method, this study has indented several crucial points. First, that there has been a very scant use of ‘right’s discourse’ in Norwegian national news. Second, the debates surrounding this topic are polarized between two confronting discourse strategies: restriction and abolishment and support and strengthen asylum rights. Thirds, the ideological orientation of newspapers influences their interpretation of newsworthiness and their representations. The ideological positioning of newspapers on the political spectrum influences their standing on the right of refugees and asylum seekers. The newspapers identifying themselves on the left tend to provide space and voice to strengthening strategies whereas the newspapers on the right of the spectrum tend to adopt a restrictive and abolishing strategies.