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 12: Wikileaks and War Laws
Wikileaks and War Laws
A Nordic perspective is provided by Stig Nohrstedt and Rune Ottosen – both long-time observers of post-Cold War conflict reporting and peace journalism. Their chapter examines ‘new’ wars and new media – such as WikiLeaks – and asks how these might impact on war journalism or may even lead to ‘peace journalism’. Nohrstedt and Ottosen suggest that war journalism is embedded in national foreign-policy contexts. Focusing on NATO's bombing of Kosovo in 1999, their chapter raises important questions about the legality of that attack – NATO's first war – conducted without authorization from the UN Security Council. The use of humanitarian rhetoric was part of the NATO propaganda to justify the bombing of Kosovo and same logic ...