March 24 2021
https://www.media4change.co/reports/media-monitoring-review-of-2020?page&reports=media-monitoring-review-of-2020&post_type=reports&name=media-monitoring-review-of-2020
MEDIA MONITORING: REVIEW OF 2020

The Media4change movement conducted media monitoring in 2020 to monitor journalistic work on mental health, sexual orientation, migration, religion and ethnic minorities. For the analysis, works were selected based on predefined keywords which discussed the above topics in the context of Lithuanian news.

MEDIA MONITORING: REVIEW OF 2020

The Media4change movement conducted media monitoring in 2020 to monitor journalistic work on mental health, sexual orientation, migration, religion and ethnic minorities. For the analysis, works were selected based on predefined keywords which discussed the above topics in the context of Lithuanian news.

Summary

In 2020, the Media4Change media monitoring team analyzed 50,951 journalistic works in the Lithuanian media. For the analysis, works were selected based on predefined keywords which discussed the above topics in the context of Lithuanian news. National and regional media, news agencies, magazines, television and radio news broadcasts were monitored in order to find how the media represents the most stigmatized groups in Lithuania.

Eight groups were being monitored – migrants, people with mental health disorders, the LGBT+ community, as well as religious (Muslim) and ethnic (Polish, Russian, Jewish and Roma) communities. The report focuses on three main areas: voice, topic distribution and context.

The data shows that the group with the most representation in the media is the Jewish ethnic minority (10757 journalistic works), and the least – the Roma ethnic minority (1567 works).

For most of the researched groups, the media is mostly neutral, averaging ~ 74-87 percent in terms of neutral context. This is not the case regarding the Roma community, where the amount of neutral articles is 20 percent lower. The representation of Roma people in the media is the most negative out of all groups, with negative context reaching 34 percent. This number is almost twice as high as the second most negatively represented group in Lithuanian media – Muslims, who also have a high percentage of negative works (19 percent). The representation of these two groups differs from others in that there are many criminal publications emphasizing their religious or national identity.

The results of the study also show that a representative of the group was interviewed in less than 1/10 of publications that mentioned the groups. The voices of the LGBT community and the Roma ethnic community were comparatively heard the most. Though in the latter case, the media tended to speak to two people: singer Radži or the head of the Roma community and leader of the Sare Roma ensemble, Ištvan Kvik.

Full report in English coming soon.