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Title:'Raid at Abbottabad': editorial cartoons and the 'terrorist almighty' in the Kenyan press
Author:Omanga, Duncan Mainye
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1469-9346)
Volume:26
Issue:1
Pages:15-32
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:newspapers
cartoons
terrorism
About person:Usama Bin Ladin (1957-2011)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13696815.2013.808991
Abstract:This article probes the frame 'terrorist almighty' that featured prominently in editorial cartoons in Kenya's two main newspapers - The Daily Nation' and 'The Standard' - in the high noon of the 'war on terror'. From this frame, the article reveals that as the war on terror veered off from the promised script of a surgical war and the swift capture of the alleged 9/11 masterminds, increased terror attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants globally saw editorial cartoons systematically construct a symbolic reality of a vastly powerful terror network, personalized as Osama bin Laden. These editorial cartoons provide us with a critical look at the many phases of Osama bin Laden, from the acme of evil, a verminized villain, and finally mutating to the terrorist almighty, a particular frame that may have played a critical role in the discourse that followed the killing of the world's most wanted fugitive. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and Swahili. [Journal abstract]
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