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Nounkeu Tatchou, ChristianORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4082-3349
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Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2019). Crisis, social media and fake news in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of the Anglophone problem in Cameroon. In: : . Paper presented at 69th Annual ICA conference, Communication Beyond Boundaries, WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 24-28 May 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crisis, social media and fake news in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of the Anglophone problem in Cameroon
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines and compares the verifiability of the news stories disseminated on Facebook, by the government and the secession activists in relation to the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. I argue that the power, structure and affordance of Facebook provide a fertile ground for partisan activists in authoritarian political contexts of the Sub-Saharan Africa, to inundate the public with strategic false information, inundate with the intention of mobilizing public opinion support and advancing political agendas. Theoretically, I draw from the news content models of fake news classification and the theory of framing. Empirically, I use a quantitative content analysis method to analyze the news published on Honneur et fidélité and Baretanews, respectively Facebook pages of the Cameroon government and the exiled Anglophone activist, called Mark Bareta. The period of analysis includes four weeks (15th August 2018-15th September 2018). The results show that the secessionist activist published more news stories on Facebook than the Cameroonian government. However, the information circulated on Baretanews severely lacked basic elements of reliability, while the stories shared on Honneur et fidélité were consistently corroborated by visual cues and attributed sources. Moreover, the secessionist activist used mainly the conflict and the attribution of responsibility frames, whereas the Cameroonian government use the conflict and human-interest frames.

Keywords
Fake news, Facebook, political activism, Anglophone crisis, government
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37197 (URN)
Conference
69th Annual ICA conference, Communication Beyond Boundaries, WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 24-28 May 2019
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2019). Fake news: Social media giants did not do enough. In: Niklas Bolin, Kajsa Falasca, Marie Grusell, Lars Nord (Ed.), Euroflections: Leading academics on the European elections 2019 (pp. 79-80). Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, Demicom
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fake news: Social media giants did not do enough
2019 (English)In: Euroflections: Leading academics on the European elections 2019 / [ed] Niklas Bolin, Kajsa Falasca, Marie Grusell, Lars Nord, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, Demicom , 2019, p. 79-80Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, Demicom, 2019
Series
DEMICOM rapport ; 40
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37525 (URN)978-91-88527-70-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-13 Created: 2019-10-13 Last updated: 2019-10-21Bibliographically approved
Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2019). Press coverage of 'fake news' in election campaigning: The US and Sweden in a comparative perspective. In: : . Paper presented at Nordmedia 2019 - Communication, Creativity & Imagination- Challenging the Field Malmö, August 21-23, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Press coverage of 'fake news' in election campaigning: The US and Sweden in a comparative perspective
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article compares the press coverage of fake news during the 2018 midterm election campaign in the United States and 2018 parliamentary election campaign in Sweden. We specifically investigate what the news media in the two countries refer to when they use the term ‘fake news’. In addition, we examine the main aspects of the issue of discussed in the news media reports. Moreover, we analyse the angles from which the news media in Sweden and in the US present the problem of fake news. The study draws from the theory framing and journalistic culture and uses the quantitative content analysis method. The results show that the press in both countries use the term fake news to refer to strategic falsehood shared on social media. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate an overall consistency and homogeneity in the Swedish press reporting about the instigators, channels of propagation, narratives and purposes of fake news while the US press reporting is characterized by significant divergences. Finally, the outcome of the study reveals that the phenomenon of fake news in presented in the Swedish press as a problem of radical right groups, whereas in the US press it is framed as a Russian attack on the country’s institutions.

Keywords
Fake news, press coverage, election campaigning, framing, The US, Sweden, journalistic culture
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37195 (URN)
Conference
Nordmedia 2019 - Communication, Creativity & Imagination- Challenging the Field Malmö, August 21-23, 2019
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2018). Mediated or Mediatized ? Examining changes with regard to politics and the media in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Cameroon. In: : . Paper presented at 7th European Communication Conference, Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation, ECREA, Lugano, Switzerland, October 31- November 3, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mediated or Mediatized ? Examining changes with regard to politics and the media in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Cameroon
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the extent to which politics is shaped by the growing importance of the media in Cameroon. I argue that politics in Cameroon is disparately mediated, as political actors use of the media to communicate greatly varies within the country. I also suggest that factors such as political actors ages, the environment and education strongly determine the degree to which politics is influenced by the media. The data were collected using telephone and online interviews with eight political actors in Cameroon. The results demonstrate that the tendency for using social media for election campaigning is higher among young political actors and recently created political parties. Globally, political actors have increased their use of mainstream and social media as channels for transmitting political messages, though traditional forms of campaigning such as rallies and door-to-door are still very prominent in rural areas.

Keywords
Mediatization, media logic, politics, Cameroon, Sub-Saharan Africa
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37196 (URN)
Conference
7th European Communication Conference, Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation, ECREA, Lugano, Switzerland, October 31- November 3, 2018
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2018). Seen from the other side of the border: Press coverage of the 2016 US presidential election campaign in Canada. Sundsvall: DEMICOM
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seen from the other side of the border: Press coverage of the 2016 US presidential election campaign in Canada
2018 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This report analyses how the press in Canada covered the 2016 US presidential election campaign. In addition, the results obtained in this work are compared with findings from a similar study which focused on three European countries, namely, Sweden, Italy and the UK. The report is based on a quantitative content analysis of four newspapers which are The Globe and mail, Toronto star, La Presse and Le Journal de Montréal. The content analysis was carried out at the DEMICOM research centre, Mid Sweden University. The findings show among others that the horse race and scandals frames largely dominated the Canadian press coverage of the 2016 US presidential election campaign. Furthermore, the results prove that the Republican party candidate, Donald Trump was given more attention in the Canadian media than his challenger from the Democratic party, Hilary Clinton. On this aspect of media attention, the results were similar in Canada, the UK, Italy and Sweden. However, contrarily to the UK and Italy, the Canadian press was more neutral in tone in its coverage of the candidates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: DEMICOM, 2018. p. 21
Series
DEMICOM rapport ; 36
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37198 (URN)978-91-88025-90-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
Nounkeu Tatchou, C. (2015). Assessing Social Sciences Research about the Girl Child Breast Ironing in Cameroon.. In: : . Paper presented at Cultural Sociology Symposium, Uppsala, Sweden, November 19- 20, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessing Social Sciences Research about the Girl Child Breast Ironing in Cameroon.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37381 (URN)
Conference
Cultural Sociology Symposium, Uppsala, Sweden, November 19- 20, 2015
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-10-01Bibliographically approved
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