#Notallcops: Exploring ‘Rotten Apple’ Narratives In Media Reporting Of Lush’s 2018 ‘Spycops’ Undercover Policing Campaign

Stephens-Griffin, Nathan (2020) #Notallcops: Exploring ‘Rotten Apple’ Narratives In Media Reporting Of Lush’s 2018 ‘Spycops’ Undercover Policing Campaign. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. ISSN 2202-7998 (In Press)

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This article offers a commentary on the media framing of high-street ‘ethical cosmetics’ firm Lush’s 2018 ‘paid to lie’ campaign. The viral nature of Lush’s intervention into the undercover policing of activism in the UK highlights the significance of media reporting in the construction of narratives surrounding policing and activism. Based on a qualitative content analysis of articles published online in the immediate aftermath of the campaign launch, this article argues that the intensely polarised debate following Lush’s ‘paid to lie’ campaign was representative of a wider discursive framing battle that persists. Within this battle, the state and police establishment promote ‘rotten apple’ explanations of the undercover policing scandal, which seek to individualise blame, and shirk institutional accountability (Punch, 2003). This is significant as identifying systemic dimensions to the spycops scandal is a key focus for activists involved in the on-going Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) (Schlembach, 2016).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L900 Others in Social studies
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 13:27
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 13:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43060

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