Kejsergadesagen - undersøgelse af danske omnibusavisers mediering af en politisk skandale i 1969

Mikkel Elbek Linnet

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

Integreret Historie/Kommunikationsspeciale med en sammenligning af medieringen af Kejsergadesagen i 1969 ift teorier om moderne krisemediering i dagspressen. Resume in English This thesis exams four Danish national daily newspapers’ mediation of “Kejsergadesagen” – a highly controversial Danish political scandal in 1969, where DDIS – the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (FET in Danish) – was accused of monitoring foreign embassies’ communication with the respective home countries, as well as maintaining archives containing intelligence about politically active Danish citizens. If the accusations were proven right, the DDIS would be in clear violation of Danish law. As the story entered the media it spawned a hectic political debate. Both Danish citizens and politicians were divided on the issue and so was the media. The main focus is to compare the mediation of “Kejsergadesagen” to general theories about the mediation of political crises in Denmark today, with the ambition to create more precise knowledge about the differencies and similarities of crisis mediation in e.g. the late 1960’s and the years around the new millenium. The examination design is directed towards a communicative as well as a historical approach and the methods are both qualitative and quantitative. The main conclusion is that this case truly represents an extensive media crisis that exceeded the usual crisis mediation of its time, with regards to both scale and journalistic practice. The mediation of Kejsergadesagen contained several modern journalistic elements. Both modernistic and traditional elements were discovered thus highlighting a period of both Danish history and journalism where new trends emerged, pushing their evolution forward while still based on the tradition of the past. Especially important for the mediation was the polarized societal situation of the late 60’s, which created a conflict between the left and right wing of the population that was reflected in the newspapers mediation. This context is vital for the understanding of Kejsergadesagen, as it symbolized the conflict and was usable for both parties to exploit in favor of their respective views, thereby facilitating the emergence of new, modern elements that relates to the way political scandals are mediated today. The fact that some of the key elements of modern journalism were also evident in the 1960’s, at least as long as the case was as radical as Kejsergadesagen, is one of the most important findings of this thesis. It furthermore underlines the argument that the evolution of journalism in the second half of the 20th century cannot be viewed as linear as modern media theory often does. The evolution of mediation must be viewed in closer coherence to the societal situation surrounding it.

EducationsCommunication, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduateHistory, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
LanguageDanish
Publication date1 Jan 2006
SupervisorsClaus Bryld & Oluf Danielsen

Keywords

  • Forsvarets efterretningstjeneste
  • 1960'erne
  • politisk journalistik
  • krisejournalistik