Academic who defined news principles says journalists are too negative

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Exclusive: preoccupation with conflict fosters insecurity, populism and trust deficit, says Johan Galtung

The academic who first defined the essence of news journalism has said the media have misconstrued his work and become far too negative, sensational and adversarial.

Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor who wrote a key scientific paper more than 50 years ago that listed a series of factors including conflict and immediacy as the hallmarks of news reporting, said his work was intended as a warning, not a guide.

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