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

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title = "#Notallcops: Exploring {\textquoteleft}Rotten Apple{\textquoteright} Narratives In Media Reporting Of Lush{\textquoteright}s 2018 {\textquoteleft}Spycops{\textquoteright} Undercover Policing Campaign",
abstract = "This article offers a commentary on the media framing of high-street {\textquoteleft}ethical cosmetics{\textquoteright} firm Lush{\textquoteright}s 2018 {\textquoteleft}paid to lie{\textquoteright} campaign. The viral nature of Lush{\textquoteright}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{\textquoteright}s {\textquoteleft}paid to lie{\textquoteright} campaign was representative of a wider discursive framing battle that persists. Within this battle, the state and police establishment promote {\textquoteleft}rotten apple{\textquoteright} 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). ",
keywords = "Undercover policing, media, activism, rotten apples",
author = "Nathan Stephens-Griffin",
year = "2020",
month = may,
day = "25",
doi = "10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i4.1518",
language = "English",
journal = "International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy",
issn = "2202-7998",
publisher = "Queensland Uuniversity of Technology",

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