Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Part 4: Journalists and the ‘War on Terror’
Journalists find themselves in an uncomfortable position when it comes to reporting war. Burdened with the responsibility of holding generals and politicians to account in their pursuit of military objectives, journalists all too often find themselves caught between the duty to report and reflect on what they see on the battlefield and the obligation to appease not just the powerful in government and the military, but indeed their own bosses and editors. They are caught between obeying a professional ‘truth-seeking’ code and a more immediate duty to provide copy that sells; they are stranded between providing what official figures decide as what the public ‘needs to know’ and what, according to the journalist's own ...