Mediating claims of environmental degradation, source credibility and risk to human health: Ecuadorian news coverage of the Chevron case

Juliet Pinto, Paola Prado, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz

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Abstract

How are claims of environmental degradation and health risk and hazard socially constructed in mediated arenas? This article examines frames, sources and claims in articles from Ecuadorian news regarding the lawsuit against Chevron brought by thousands of indigenous peoples living in the Amazonian region, who claimed their health was at risk and ancestral lands destroyed by petroleum contamination. Findings indicated that the risk discussion at the heart of events and conflicts was subsumed by coverage that focused largely on the legal conflict as well as was indexed to the claims denying the hazard. The case has significance for understanding mediated claims of risk and responsibility through a lens of news production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-23
Number of pages21
JournalGlobal Media and Communication
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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Weathering
environmental damage
credibility
news
coverage
Health
health
Health hazards
Health risks
lawsuit
health risk
environmental pollution
Lenses
Hazards
Contamination
Crude oil
responsibility
event
Environmental Degradation
News

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  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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In: Global Media and Communication, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.04.2016, p. 3-23.

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