An Examination of the Media Portrayal of Femicide in Portugal
Considering language is not just a tool of description or a medium of communication, but a central and constitutive feature of social life, and knowing that media help shape society’s perception of social problems as well as public opinion of victims and offenders, we analyze media discourses to characterize intimate femicide in Portugal. With the analysis of femicide news, we aim to describe how national press exposes femicide cases, and understand what are the cultural considerations beneath media discourses on femicide, in order to reveal how public opinion is being (in)formed. To achieve these purposes, we will use critical discourse analysis in an empirical corpus consisting of news about femicide within romantic relationships, published between 2011 and 2014 (the last 4 years), in the most read national newspaper – Correio da Manhã.
In the end, we want to discuss ideologies, structures of power and social effects.