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Central European Journal of Communication

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Media populism in Macedonia: 
Right-wing populist style in the coverage of the “migrant crisis”

Ivo Bosilkov 
UNIVERSITY OF MILAN , ITALY 
UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM , NETHERLANDS

ABSTRACT: The communicative style used to exclude immigrants from the idea of “the people” is the scope through which right-wing media populism is measured in a case study of Macedonia, a post-communist country on the Balkan migrant route. Quantitative content analysis of articles from four Macedonian right-wing partisan news outlets (N = 409), demonstrates a clear change in tone in coverage of migration, marked by an increase of populism as the “migrant crisis” intensified. Logistic regression confirms that incivility, as a proxy for the intensity of partisan bias, is a significant predictor of populism, and opinion pieces have a significantly stronger populist tendency than news reports. The findings show that online news outlets, however, are not more populist than traditional print media.

 

DOI: 10.19195/1899-5101.12.2(23).6

KEYWORDS: populism, migration, Macedonia, media, content analysis.

AUTHOR:

  • Ivo Bosilkov 
    ORCID: 0000-0003-3026-2290
    UNIVERSITY OF MILAN , ITALY 
    UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM , NETHERLANDS