ABSTRACT

Possible biases in the coverage of ethnic affairs not only reside in the selection and prominence of news actors, but also in the ways they are presented as speakers who give their interpretation of, and opinions about news events. Therefore this chapter examines the sources and quotation patterns in news about minorities. It tries to answer questions such as: Who is speaking, how often and how prominently, and about what are quoted news actors allowed to give their opinions? Such questions are embedded in a broader theoretical framework that accounts for the access of minorities to the Press, and for the conditions that control the ways they are being quoted in news reports.