Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/88421
Title: Him Too? Cristiano Ronaldo and the News Coverage of a Rape Case Allegation
Authors: Silveirinha, Maria João
Simões, Rita Basílio 
Santos, Thâmara
Keywords: Rape allegations; Sexual violence; News coverage; Thematic analysis; Critical thematic analysis; Celebrities
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Publisher: Routledge
Serial title, monograph or event: Journalism Practice
Abstract: This paper uses critical thematic analysis to explore the news media coverage of a rape allegation case against the football player Cristiano Ronaldo. After providing the context of the case, we examine the literature on how rape cases are represented by the news media. We then proceed to a critical thematic analysis of a purposive sample of Portuguese national newspapers, first identifying ten sub-themes in a total of 140 news stories and opinion columns and then considering the patterns of three critical themes that tended to dismiss the allegations, highlight the seriousness of the allegations and neutralize sexual victimization. Each of these considers prevailing ideologies, news values and journalistic practices.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/88421
DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1693279
Rights: embargoedAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CEIS20 - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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