The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal earlier this year has provided an important episode in the contemporary ‘information war’. Not only has the affair had profound diplomatic implications, but it has also brought into stark relief the processes of media reporting and framing by which such events are represented to publics – and the responses of those publics to such coverage.
For this reason, the Reframing Russia team has been undertaking detailed comparative analysis of media reporting of the Skripal affair by Russian and British broadcasters for their domestic and international audiences. Followers of our project may already be familiar with some of this work, since we have recently published short articles on audience reactions to the interview with the Skripal suspects and a deconstruction of journalistic ethics surrounding the revelation about the true identity of accused poisoner ‘Ruslan Boshirov’.
This week, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody presented work-in-progress on the Skripal case at the 2018 Warwick Graduate Conference in Security Studies. The event, organised by Dr Georg Loefflmann at the University of Warwick, was dedicated to critical exploration of the interconnections and implications of political, economic and cultural insecurity, and the relationship between knowledge, identity and (in)security in a global context. Dr Chatterje-Doody’s paper, entitled Seeing (in)security through spy stories: Conspiracy mirrors in the #Skripalcase presented preliminary findings about the ways in which conspiratorial narratives surrounding the case and its aftermath were articulated, repurposed or insinuated by omission in the media coverage.