This ongoing research examines and compares the newspaper representations of the socio-religious groups of Muslims, Christians, and Jews at a national and cross-national level in three different countries – Turkey, Britain, and Israel, with three distinct models of democracy.
The theoretical framework draws upon a normative theory of the media (Christians et al. 2009) whose main reference point is democracy. The ideas generated from this normative theory essentially argues for: 1) public communication that is not a privilege, but a right of all, that serves the needs of citizens and contributes to the development of a democratic society and mass participation in the democratic process and government; 2) public deliberation of social issues, regular dissemination of diverse ideas in the public space, widely informed decision making, improved overall quality of life.
Through the cross-comparative approach based on content analysis and critical discourse analysis it is aimed not only to fill a gap in the field, but also to generate insights that may well contribute to improving the problematic relationship between the media and democratic politics, between the media and religion, and thus have a real effect and tangible impact on society.
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Ethical journalism, journalism and news media, democracy, the media-democracy relationship, deliberative and participatory democracy, society, active citizenship, religion, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, media representation, comparative journalism studies
Ahmed is a student rep on the PhD Staff/Student Panel in JOMEC (October 2012 - present)
PhD (Journalism Studies) Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, the UK, 1 April 2012 - present
MA thesis title: Language and Media Representations of Muslims in British Newspapers, 2009
MA Border & Cultural Studies (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, 2007)
BA Bulgarian & English Language & Literature (Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Bulgaria, 2005)
09/03/2009 - 17/02/2012 English/Turkish Tutor, Higher Islamic Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria
01/04/2008 - 30/06/2009 English/Turkish/Bulgarian Tutor, Druzhba Language School, Sofia, Bulgaria
01/05/2008 - 30/09/2008 English Tutor, Pharos Schools of Languages and Computing, Sofia, Bulgaria
01/12/2006 - 31/08/2008 English Tutor, Leter Language School, Sofia, Bulgaria
United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program – Current U.S. Political, Social and Educational Issues for Young Muslim Leaders, in Washington D.C., New York, Huntsville (Alabama), Houston (Texas), Austin (Texas), Seattle (Washington), the United States of America, 8-26 February, 2010. The programme language was English
Bulgarian (mother language), English, Turkish