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The British Media Portrayal of Local Afghan Interpreters Employed by the British Armed Forces

Denomination Maîtrise universitaire en interprétation de conférence
Defense Master : Univ. Genève, 2020
Abstract Local conflict zone interpreters occupy a precarious position between warring parties. They are often viewed as traitors by the adversaries of their employer military, and may be targeted as a result of their work. The Taliban's persecution of local Afghan interpreters employed by the British military has received considerable media attention in the UK. Through the lens of narrative theory this paper analyses the British media's portrayal of local Afghan interpreters and their situation, and looks at the role played by the media in its coverage of our topic. The findings indicate that press coverage is generally biased in favour of the interpreters. Publications may use their sway over public opinion and government policy to assist the interpreters, assuming the role of a player rather than that of a bystander reporter. This paper increases understanding of how local conflict zone interpreters are viewed, and the concrete impact which this can have on their situation.
Keywords InterpretersMediaConflictMilitaryAfghanistan
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BESSANT, Claire. The British Media Portrayal of Local Afghan Interpreters Employed by the British Armed Forces. Université de Genève. Master, 2020. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:147457

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