Romanian Media Coverage on Bioethics. The Issue of Stem Cells

Ioana Iancu, Delia Cristina Balaban


In the last decades, scientific developments are largely discussed and debated mainly at the media level. Based on the agenda setting model, the importance of a certain theme is given by the frequency of its appearances in mass-media. Within this context, this paper focuses on the issue of stem cells and its media coverage in Romania. Using content analysis of the most read national newspapers, the research aims to emphasize two relevant aspects: the stem cells issue is only partly visible in the written media and the debate between ethics and science is rather non-existent.


agenda setting; written media; stem cells; ethics; bioethics; Romanian newspapers

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