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Shaping EU Media Policy in the "Post-Truth" Era

Student: Andrey Lobanov

Supervisor: Nataliya Kondratyeva

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations: European and Asian Studies (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The work is devoted to the formation and implementation of the supranational media policy of the European Union. The study has conceptualized a new era which builds up the EU's policy in the field of media. The discursive theory of hegemony, elaborated by political philosophers Laclau and Mouffe, is chosen as the main approach. Based on it, as well as other works, the author developed a method for analyzing mass media publications. Using it, the author showed how the struggle of discourses through the media unfolds. The author believes that the European struggle against antagonistic pluralism, which leads to increased censorship in order to save democracy, can become a disguised authoritarian imposition of one "truth" and a potential threat to the future of the EU. The work is aimed at identifying the problematic aspects of European supranational media policy that widen the gap between the EU and its foreign policy partners: the United States, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

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