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    Ideology and disinformation: how false news stories contributed to Brexit

    Henkel, Imke (2021) Ideology and disinformation: how false news stories contributed to Brexit. In: Lopez Garcia, G. and Palau Sampio, D. and Palomo, B. and Campos Dominguez, E. and Masip, P. (eds.) Politics of Disinformation. Wiley. ISBN 9781119743231. (In Press)

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    The widespread use of disinformation in the run-up to the British EU-referendum in 2016 has been extensively criticised. This chapter investigates falsehoods in the British media coverage of European affairs reaching back to the early 1990s. Between 1992 and 2017, the European Commission documented and debunked falsehoods in British news stories, which they called ?Euromyths?. Using critical discourse analysis, selected sample texts from a corpus of 334 Euromyths are analysed. Drawing on Roland Barthes? mythology the chapter finds that the disinformation in Euromyths news stories supported and was supported by a eurosceptic ideology that helped the falsehoods prevail against even repeated factchecks. Thus, since the 1990s British news stories furthered disinformation and ideology at the centre of the British discourse on Europe.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 14:40
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:51


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