Nazi broadcasts to a neutral country: disseminating fear in Portugal during the Second World War

Nelson Ribeiro*

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Despite its neutral status during the Second World War, due to its geographical location, Portugal became a target of Nazi propaganda, including radio broadcasts that reached the country via shortwave. The transmissions resorted to disinformation and false statements to disseminate the idea that the Allies were interested in transforming Portugal into a major war theatre. This chapter demonstrates how the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft (RRG) adapted its messages to the Portuguese audience, paying particular attention to the country’s colonial possessions that were said to be under threat from the Americans and the British. Based on transcripts of the broadcasts, it discusses how the RRG’s dissemination of fear was countered by other sources perceived to be credible by significant segments of the Portuguese population, demonstrating how credibility was a crucial asset to counter the Nazi transmissions that flattered Salazar while stirring fear in relation to the Allies.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoGlobal transformations in media and communication research
EditoresNelson Ribeiro, Christian Schwarzenegger
Local da publicaçãoCham
EditoraPalgrave Macmillan
Número de páginas22
ISBN (eletrónico)9783030849894
ISBN (impresso)9783030849917, 9783030849887
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 2022

Série de publicação

NomeGlobal Transformations in Media and Communication Research
ISSN (impresso)2634-5978
ISSN (eletrónico)2634-5986

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