Nuclear media discourses after the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant: Is the game over?


  • Natalija Mažeikienė Vytautas Magnus University
  • Judita Kasperiūnienė Vytautas Magnus University
  • Ilona Tandzegolskienė Vytautas Magnus University



critical discourse analysis, Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, media framing, media news portals, nuclear discourse, nuclear media discourse, text mining, Visaginas


The article presents a critical discourse analysis of media coverage of the most important Lithuanian strategic object — the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant INPP — in the three biggest news portals. Media news focuses mostly on certain aspects of decommissioning of the INPP management issues and the transparency of financing mechanisms. Environmental and social aspects of the decommissioning are not sufficiently disclosed and discussed. The community of Visaginas the satellite town for the workers of the INPP remains an invisible and silent actor of the discourse. In the media news portals, the town is portrayed as disconnected from the INPP. This divide could be explained by assuming that after the closure of the INPP as a major feeding enterprise the town must search for a re-definition of its identity and construct this identity without nuclear energy and without the INPP. On the other hand, such a divide reflects a common trend characteristic of the entire nuclear discourse — to disempower communities and the public, create a boundary between the industry and the public, between the experts and ordinary citizens.

Author Biographies

Natalija Mažeikienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Natalija Mažeikienė, Ph.D., is a Professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her research interests are critical theory, gender, class, ethnicity in media, social inequality, social welfare and media representations.

Judita Kasperiūnienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Judita Kasperiūnienė, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her research interests are qualitative research, social network analysis, social media in education, and identity construction in mediated environments.

Ilona Tandzegolskienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Ilona Tandzegolskienė, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her research interests are higher education systems and leadership, career design, museums communication, educational tourism, research methods in the social sciences.


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How to Cite

Mažeikienė, N., Kasperiūnienė, J., & Tandzegolskienė, I. (2019). Nuclear media discourses after the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant: Is the game over?. Central European Journal of Communication, 12(3(24), 335-360.



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