Heroes or criminals? The legitimacy of humanitarian organisations rescuing lives in the Central Mediterranean Sea after 2017

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Catena Mancuso, M. and Signorelli, V. 2021. Heroes or criminals? The legitimacy of humanitarian organisations rescuing lives in the Central Mediterranean Sea after 2017. Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.
AuthorsCatena Mancuso, M. and Signorelli, V.
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Since late 2016, NGOs operating in the Mediterranean have been at the centre of a campaign of delegitimisation and criminalisation culminating with former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's 2018 NGO ban, which de facto erased the presence of humanitarian search and rescue operations and left the national coastguards to deal with an unprecedented migration crisis. Drawing upon discourse analysis of Italian and international news media articles and informed by semi-structured interviews with NGO representatives, this study investigates the implications of such media-driven public hostility. The results are threefold: first, the climate of suspicion surrounding NGOs has damaged them profoundly and led to a dramatic increase in deaths. Consequently, second, NGO's ability to present themselves publicly as legitimate has been heavily limited. Last, it is fundamental to investigate the range of legitimation strategies all organisations can use when victims of a media-led scandal or a smear campaign are legitimised by political institutions.

JournalJournal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
ISSN2047-7368
Year2021
PublisherIntellect
Publication process dates
Accepted29 Mar 2021
Deposited16 Apr 2021
Copyright holder© 2021 The Authors
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