This is a novel study of the German press’ visual and textual coverage of the wars in
Bosnia (1992-95) and Kosovo (1998-99). Key moments have been selected and
analysed from both wars using a broad range of publications ranging from extreme-right
to extreme-left and including broadsheets, a tabloid and a news-magazine, key moments
have been selected from both wars.
Two sections with parallel chapters form the core of the thesis. The first deals with the
war in Bosnia and the second the conflict in Kosovo. Each section contains one chapter
on the initial phase of the conflict, one chapter on an important atrocity – namely the
Srebrenica Massacre in Bosnia and the Račak incident in Kosovo – and lastly a chapter
each on the international involvement which ended the immediate violence. The
coverage of nine national publications is closely examined for each timeframe. The
thesis examines how the various events were covered, what sources were used and what
insights the publications conveyed. Where possible, a further comparative perspective
has been added by the inclusion of German parliamentary debates and the relevant UN
press releases. This provides a useful comparison between the political discourse and
the coverage of the German press.
Special attention has been paid to four key themes...