Crime and the media

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Media representations of crime:

Crime and deviances makes up a large proportion of news coverage.

For example: Ericson et al's study of Toronto found that 45-71% of quality press and radio news was about various forms of deviance and its control.

Williams and Dickinson found that British Newspapers devote up to 30% of their news space to crime.

However, they give a distorted image iof crime.

For example:

As compared with official statistics:

1. The media over-represent violence and sexual crime

For example: Ditton and Duffy found…


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