Den glemte konflikt

Henrik Nguyen & Mads Haugaard

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The goal of this thesis is to examine in which way and to which extent the two Danish newspapers Jyllands-Posten and Politiken deal with Vietnam in their international coverage. Furthermore the thesis focuses on an ongoing dispute of the U-line in the South China Sea between China and Vietnam – events which we argue could have spurred the newspapers to increase the coverage of Vietnam. Based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the two newspapers’ foreign news sections from four different months and interviews with the two journalists Flemming Ytzen of Politiken and Jens Erik Rasmussen from Jyllands-Posten, we conclude that Vietnam rarely appear in the newspapers’ coverage of Asia. Instead the media most often write about China. In addition to that we conclude that, when dealing with Vietnam, the newspapers most often focuses on economic stories. Therefore a political story about the before mentioned dispute between China and Vietnam is not of much interest for the media, why they rarely write about it. In relation to the academic thesis we have produced a series of articles made from our trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November and December 2011 in which we ourselves try to give Vietnam the focus it doesn’t receive from the Danish newspapers. In these we try to unfold some of the complex sides of the dispute in the South China Sea and make them more edible for the Danish media consumers.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 feb. 2012
VejledereAnne Andersen


  • Journalistik
  • Vietnam