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Impoliteness and morality as instruments of destructive informal social control in online harassment targeting Swedish journalists
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0570-3226
2023 (English)In: Language & Communication, ISSN 0271-5309, E-ISSN 1873-3395, Vol. 93, p. 172-187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the interplay between morality, impoliteness, and moral order in the online harassment of Swedish journalists on Twitter. It reveals how impoliteness serves as a tool to harm the media's epistemic credibility, rooted in anti-press and populist rhetoric, and exert destructive informal social control. The highlighted paradox is that provisions for freedom of speech, designed to protect, are paradoxically used to suppress journalists' voices through targeted insults and derogatory language. The study uncovers that such harassment is systematic, politically motivated, and morally grounded. We emphasize the urgent need to recognize and confront these subtle tactics that threaten journalistic freedom and, consequently, access to information in Sweden and internationally under growing criticism that seeks to delegitimize the media. © 2023 The Author(s). 

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Oxford: Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 93, p. 172-187
Keywords [en]
Impoliteness, Morality, Online harassment, Social control, Twitter, Anti-press, Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52055DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2023.11.002ISI: 001148626000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85178888361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-52055DiVA, id: diva2:1812822
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The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support AuthorityAvailable from: 2023-11-17 Created: 2023-11-17 Last updated: 2024-02-28Bibliographically approved

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