• Aleksandar M. Filipović Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management Novi Sad
  • Željko Bjelajac Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary Novi Sad


pandemic, state, media, journalism, information, security culture


In this paper, the authors analyze the confusion created during the pandemic, and confront the baseness of a state to even partially suspend “the right of the public to know” during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, with the obligation of that state to always and unconditionally allow the mass media to inform the public about everything that is a public interest. Through question who determines what is the public interest in informing about COVID-19, the authors comment on possible conflict of interest of states and health authorities on one and citizens on another side, and in what measure such conflict of interest results in ignorance of citizens about what to do to decrease the risk from the disease, and doing so disaffirm the security culture during the pandemic. The authors also consider the role of mass media without which a state cannot communicate with its citizens, nor it can establish a sustainable security culture of its citizens necessary to prevail the COVID-19 pandemic.


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How to Cite

M. Filipović , A. ., & Bjelajac , Željko . (2020). THE ROLE OF MASS MEDIA IN DISAFFIRMATION OF SECURITY CULTURE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. KULTURA POLISA, 17(2), 137–150. Retrieved from


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