Media Coverage and Political Terrorists: A Quantitative Analysis


Utilizing his four-year database of barricade-and-hostage and hijacking atrocities by international terrorists and the coverage afforded those events by newspapers from three Western nations (Germany, Great Britain, and the United States), Schaffert observes the effect of media coverage (newspaper column space provided, articles and photographs published) on whether concessions were made to terrorist demands, and establishes a strong positive relationship between coverage and terrorist success.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992


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