Religion and Political System. Representation of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Media Coverage of the “Colectiv” incident
The concepts of media and religion intermingle and collide in the cultural experience of the public, as religion itself has become an object of journalistic scrutiny through the recent street protests, terrorist attacks or scandals inside Orthodox and Catholic churches, with religious institutions and individuals highlighted in current political and social life.
In this article, the enmeshing of politics and religion is represented by the media’s projection of the Romanian Orthodox Church as part of the state establishment and of the individuals related with the church, from the patriarch to regular priests or teachers of religion, as political actors. This qualitative analysis is built on the opposition axis good versus evil, innocent people versus corrupted system, as resulted from the news coverage of the Romanian television channels TVR1, ProTV and Digi24 of the protests following the tragic incident in Colectiv club in Bucharest. The theoretical model of analysis was inspired by the conceptual perspective of the dialectic sacred-profane, as two modes of being in the world, two existential situations assumed by man in the course of history, through the extraordinary and ordinary phenomena and events.
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