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David Luginbühl (University of Fribourg) - lecture under the CAS guest-lecture series

14 May 2008

 

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia

has the pleasure to announce a lecture on

Media and Politics

by David Luginbühl.

The lecture which will be delivered on May 14, 2008, 18 h at the Sofia University, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication (49, Moskovska Str.), hall 43.

The lecture gives an overview on the development and characteristics of party press and focuses on the last third of the 20th century. How did the parties react to the loss of their “platforms”? How did political communication change?

Party press played a crucial role in Swiss political communication until the last third of the 20th century. Most of the leading dailies as well as local and regional newspapers described themselves as organs of a certain party. Political analysts of the time saw this dense network of party-associated newspapers as indispensable for direct democracy in the Swiss federal state. As more and more newspapers disappeared or were forced to cooperate in the course of the economic crisis of the 1970s, politicians interpreted this concentration process as a major threat to democracy. Since the 1990s, however, the concentration process reached new proportions, leading to regional monopolies.

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