Negative and Positive Roles of Media in the Belgian Conflict: A Model for De-Escalation

33 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2011 Last revised: 9 Feb 2011

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Alain Laurent Verbeke

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Private Client Team @ Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Martin Euwema

KU Leuven

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The Belgian Conflict between Dutch speaking Flemish and Francophones has a long history that has come to a culmination point with the political and institutional crisis since June 2007. After a brief analysis of the conflict, this article focus is on the role of the media in such conflict. Media in the North and the South of Belgium are separated and serve only their own Dutch speaking or Francophone community. Their role and influence on the public opinion as gatekeepers who select and frame the information is substantial. This paper explores the role of humor in conflicts and its different. It suggests a model for de-escalation urging the Belgian media to use both humor and serious modus in a de-escalating way.

Keywords: Conflict Management, Belgium, Flemisch and Walloons, Humor, De-escalation

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G. and Euwema, Martin, Negative and Positive Roles of Media in the Belgian Conflict: A Model for De-Escalation (2009). Marquette Law Review, Volume 93, Fall 2009, No. 1, p. 139-171. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1750683

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