Journal article

The discursive production of public inquiries: The case of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Matthew Mitchell

Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Since the turn of the century, public inquiries into the perpetration and concealment of child sexual abuse within religious institutions have proliferated throughout Europe, North America and Australasia. This article examines the role that news media discourses might play in supporting this trend. Taking Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as a case study, I compare how news media constructed its precipitating issue of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church at two different points in time: the period surrounding the announcement of the Royal Commission and a period 10 years earlier when calls were made for a Royal Commission that were not actu..

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