Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Hildebrandt, K.





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The study is a content analysis of a sample of Western press coverage of the Libyan-American conflict of 1986. Three elite Western newspapers, The New York Times (United States), The Globe and Mail (Canada), and The Times (Great Britain) were selected for this study. 1,045 news stories were analyzed, representing all news stories in the three papers which dealt with Libya during the period of study from February 15th to June 30th, 1986. In the period of study, the Western press still had the tendency to portray the Arab radical country negatively where evaluations were offered. As a revolutionary radical country, Libya was portrayed more negatively than positively, but the majority of stories in all three papers was coded "neutral". The study confirmed that Western newspapers continue, in their coverage of Libya to apply a Western perspective. This was evident from where the news stories originated, from the news sources, from the lack of correspondents in Arab countries and from extensive use of local (London, New York, Toronto) newspaper staff. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .S537. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0414. Chairperson: Kai Hildebrandt. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.