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By Felicitas Macgilchrist

Journalism is usually considered the ‘fourth property’ of democracy. This publication means that journalism performs a extra radical function in politics, and explores new methods of brooding about information media discourse. It develops an method of investigating either hegemonic discourse and discursive fissures, inconsistencies and tensions. by way of analysing foreign information assurance of post-Soviet Russia, together with the Beslan hostage-taking, Gazprom, Litvinenko and human rights matters, it demonstrates the (re)production of the ‘common-sense’ social order within which one specific region of the area is extra built, civilized and democratic than different parts. although, drawing on Laclau, Mouffe and different post-foundational thinkers, it additionally means that journalism is strictly the location the place the instability of this worldwide social order turns into seen. The publication may be of curiosity to students of discourse research, journalism and verbal exchange stories, cultural stories and political technological know-how, and to a person attracted to ‘positive’ discourse research and sensible counter-discursive techniques.

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Sponsors of the legislation said it was necessary to stem terrorism and extremism. Critics and supporters of the legislation alike say the bill has grown out of the Kremlin’s increasing displeasure with nonprofit groups that criticize the government, advocate democracy and promote human rights.  (AP, 21 December 2005) A chain is articulated in Extract (11) including on the one side: NGOs, rights groups, others considered disloyal to the Kremlin, protest, Russian NGOs, foreign NGOs, foreign governments, nonprofit groups that criticise the government, advocate democracy and promote human rights, Western institutions and mass demonstrations that brought opposition leaders to power.

5 (5) Putin flexes muscles of ‘Kremlin Inc’ (The Sunday Times, 1 January 2006) Putin turns off the gas tap (Putin dreht Gashahn zu, Berliner Kurier, 2 January 2006) Putin’s power is a threat to us all (The Daily Mail, 2 January) Q&A on how we could feel a chill from Putin’s war (The Daily Mail, 3 January 2006) These semiotic elements give Putin almost sole responsibility not only for decisions on the gas supply to Ukraine, but also for broader economic activity in Russia (‘Kremlin Inc’) and other political actions which constitute a threat to the West.

By 2010, Fortune 500 ranked Gazprom the most profitable company worldwide. 2 On first glance, it seems as if the western European press portrays the dispute as Russian political aggression, and thus one more iterative reproduction of the global social order which constitutes a civilized, democratic, deliberative West through its constitutive outside of an aggressive, dominant, threatening rest. Nevertheless, I hope to show how this message is already also subverted in the way the story is told.

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