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.

Media Myth and Ground Reality in Reporting from Iraq

Media myth and ground reality in reporting from iraq
DahrJamail

The two final chapters are written by journalists themselves. Dahr Jamail is a well-known reporter who was one of the first ‘unilaterals’ to report from Iraq and beyond. He provides a searing indictment of the complicity between major news coverage of the occupation of Iraq and official military perspectives. Talking about the existence of a ‘State/Media combine’, he insists that the mainstream media completely missed the dynamics of what was happening on the ground in Iraq and gives many first-hand examples of disinformation, deception and distortion practised by both military sources and news outlets. Jamail asks some very tough questions about the role played by commercial news organizations ...

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