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.
Chapter 11: Covering Terrorism in Russian Media
Covering Terrorism in Russian Media
As in South Asia and many Arab nations, state-run TV channels in Russia have been slow and over-cautious in reporting terrorist attacks against civilians compared with private networks and online news sources, which made direct links with the global ‘war on terror’. In their chapter, Elena Vartanova and Olga Smirnova, both based at the prestigious Faculty of Journalism of the Moscow State University, track the changes in the presentation of terrorism in the media in Russia over the last two decades. They point out that understanding the phenomenon of ‘terrorism’ in post-Soviet Russia is a complex issue. Though post-Soviet Russia has been facing armed conflicts in Chechnya since the early 1990s, it was only after 9/11 ...