Neo-Populist Scandal and Social Media: The Finnish Olli Immonen Affair

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The article analyses a political scandal that occurred in Finland in 2015, when an MP of the populist right-wing Finns Party, Olli Immonen, published a Facebook update in which he used the same kind of militant-nationalist rhetoric against multiculturalism that Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik had used a couple of years earlier. By analyzing the content published in both social and news media, the role of social media and the relationship between news reporting and social media are explored by analyzing the progress of the scandal. The analysis indicates the prominent role of social media as being a starting point for scandal and for keeping scandal in the public eye, serving as forums for supporters and opponents of the scandalized politician. The relationship between social and news media seems symbiotic in this case because both of them fed and inspired each other during the scandal. However, further research is needed to fully understand the role of social media in scandals linked to north and west European populist right-wing parties, as well as political scandals occurring in different political contexts and media environments. © 2020, IGI Global.
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
OtsikkoMedia Controversy : Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Sivumäärä18
JulkaisupaikkaHershey, PA
KustantajaIGI Global
Julkaisupäivä2019
Sivut442-459
ISBN (painettu)978-1-5225-9869-5
ISBN (elektroninen)978-1-5225-9870-1
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TilaJulkaistu - 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa

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