ISSN: 20010818
First published in 2012
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Volume 6 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
Is it a revolution or a coup? Scandinavian media representations of the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy
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Authors:  Joel W. Abdelmoez 
DOI: 10.1386/ajms.6.2.109_1

Keywords
Egypt,Scandinavia,media,Mohamed Morsy,revolution,coup

Abstract
In the summer of 2013, millions of Egyptians returned to Tahrir square in Cairo to demand the resignation of the country’s first democratically elected president. This article examines the two key terms mainly used to describe the ousting of President Mohamed Morsy, ‘coup’ and ‘revolution’, and how these terms can be understood as arguments for two different interpretations of the event. Particular focus is given to the press corps of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which reveals a discrepancy between the interpretation of Scandinavian online press and the Egyptian majority, meaning that the Scandinavian press corps is telling a story that is not recognized by those it is about. While many media producers speak of a severe polarization, it is found that the divide is actually small in number, but grows over time, raising questions about journalistic practice and media ethics. It is concluded that Scandinavian reporting on the Middle East needs to be seriously evaluated and reformed in order to improve its credibility.
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