First of all, a little correction to my title. What I will write about is not a real scientific news,but rather a scientifically inaccurate misinterpretation of an actual technical accident.A small French settlement, Marcoule became well-known worldwide last September. The French and English TV channels broke their broadcasts to report the news of the accident that happened that morning. News portals also wrote about it almost immediately, for example BBC wrote: France nuclear: Marcoule site explosion kills one. In the early afternoon the first news and articles were published in the Hungarian online media as well, the first ones mentioned an explosion in a nuclear plant, and a possible radioactive cloud headed for Hungary.

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Social responsibility in news – case study on the Hungarian interpretation of a “sensitive” scientific story

Andrea Kiraly   Eötvös University, Budapest

First of all, a little correction to my title. What I will write about is not a real scientific news,but rather a scientifically inaccurate misinterpretation of an actual technical accident.A small French settlement, Marcoule became well-known worldwide last September. The French and English TV channels broke their broadcasts to report the news of the accident that happened that morning. News portals also wrote about it almost immediately, for example BBC wrote: France nuclear: Marcoule site explosion kills one. In the early afternoon the first news and articles were published in the Hungarian online media as well, the first ones mentioned an explosion in a nuclear plant, and a possible radioactive cloud headed for Hungary.

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