Third-Person Effect, Religiosity and Support for Censorship of Satirical Religious Cartoons

Larry Webster, Jo Yun Li, Yicheng Zhu, Alex Luchsinger, Anan Wan, Mark Tatge

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The violent attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo and an earlier plot to kill cartoonists from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the issue of censorship of satirical religious cartoons to avoid potential retaliatory violence from those offended by the cartoons. With third-person effect (TPE) as the theoretical underpinning, this study examined the relationship among TPE, religiosity, and support for censorship of religious satirical cartoons. Data were collected in May 2015. A national sample of participants (N=374) was acquired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The results show that individuals with a higher degree of religiosity are more likely to support censorship of satirical religious cartoons, and though TPE is not positively correlated to support for censorship, respondents’ perception of the effect of the cartoons on themselves may indicate an increased propensity for supporting censorship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Religious studies


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