Are we all Charlie?

Terrorism Immigration attitudes Charlie Hebdo attacks Disruption project

How media priming and framing affect immigration policy preferences after terrorist attacks.

Øyvind Bugge Solheim (C-REX - Center for Research on Extremism)

Accepted Manuscript Dataset Project page

Terrorist attacks negatively affect support for immigration policy, and this has been linked to the extensive media coverage of terrorism. Yet, this coverage may also have a moderating effect. This article uses the timing of the fielding of the European Social Survey, which took place during the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks, as a natural experiment. Because the media coverage of the attacks varied between France and other European countries, it is possible to study how differences in the media framing and priming of the attacks affected attitudes. The expected negative effect on immigration policy preferences is found outside France, but not within France. This study’s findings lend support to a moderating effect of the media coverage of terrorist attacks, both as a framing effect that influenced the perceived relevance of the attacks to immigration attitudes and a priming effect that primed the public with tolerant French Republican values.


For attribution, please cite this work as

Solheim, "Solheim: Are we all Charlie?", West-European Politics, 2021

BibTeX citation

  author = {Solheim, Øyvind Bugge},
  title = {Solheim: Are we all Charlie?},
  journal = {West-European Politics},
  year = {2021},
  note = {},
  doi = {10.1080/01402382.2019.1683791},
  volume = {44},
  issue = {2}