Transnational Othering – Global Diversities

Media, extremism and free expression
Editor(s): Elisabeth Eide, Kristin Skare Orgeret, Nil Mutluer

This anthology addresses complex, interconnected issues, such as the rise of extremism and terrorism, diversity and minority rights, as well as the situation for freedom of expression in eight different countries, most of them with a Muslim majority population. Extremists recruit terrorists through social media, and target minorities as well as freedom loving people by utilizing their freedom of expression to threaten the rights of others.
This happens not least in countries with a long experience of dictatorship. Journalists face huge challenges when reporting on these issues. The contributors are both academics and journalists, conveying their experiences from transnational research co-operation as well as reporting from the ground in conflict areas. Thus, this volume addresses itself to journalism students as well as professional journalists and others who need to navigate in a world in which both extremists and authoritarian states may stifle gender and minority rights, as well as the right to report and express oneself freely.


1. Global connections
Elisabeth Eide, Kristin Skare Orgeret, Nil Mutluer
PART ONE: Extremism and the media: Shifting sand
2. A man I knew became a suicide bomber for IS
Kristin Solberg
3. The battle over discourses. Dancing with “ISIS wolves”
Abeer Saady Soliman
4. Transnational extremist recruitment through social media
Afshin Ismaeli
5. Indonesia: When civil society, government and islamists collide
Ade Armando
6. Tunisia: Reporting terrorism
Mohamed Balti
7. Bangladesh: Social media, extremism and freedom of expression
Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana
8. Countering violent extremism in Bangladesh
Julfikar Ali Manik