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A Critical Analysis of the Media Discourse in daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Based on the Example of the Nationwide Referendum in Poland in 2015

Maria Marczewska-Rytko

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to analyze the media discourse in daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza devoted to the issue of a referendum at the nationwide level, the justifiability of using this instrument, its determinants and limitations in 2015 in Poland. The article presents the study results covering a critical analysis of the media discourse in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, which, from its beginning, became an important medium initiating and taking an active part in the public debate. The article is divided into four parts: the discourse connected with President Bronisław Komorowski’s decision to announce a referendum; the discourse related to President Andrzej Duda’s decision concerning the next referendum; the discourse before and after the referendum of 6 September 2015. Each of the discourses adopted a uniform order of analysis: first the arguments of the politicians, including the initiators – the presidents; then the arguments of journalists and commentators, as well as the arguments of scholars.

Keywords: referendum, Poland, media discourse, Gazeta Wyborcza daily, critical analysis

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Bibliography: Marczewska-Rytko, Maria: A Critical Analysis of the Media Discourse in daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Based on the Example of the Nationwide Referendum in Poland in 2015, PCS, 1-2-2016, pp. 42-56. https://doi.org/10.3224/pcs.v7i1-2.03


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