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 9: Pictures and Public Relations in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
Pictures and Public Relations in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
Mainstream representations of Muslims may arguably contribute to the way majority populations in countries such as Britain perceive ‘distant’ conflicts involving Muslim populations, as Greg Philo shows in this chapter. Based on research into British TV news coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, Philo and his team demonstrate that preconceived notions about Palestinians and their perceived proclivity for violence is blamed for the crisis, while the Israeli position that it was reacting to Islamist terrorists, is normalized in Western media discourses – with a little help from a well-oiled public relations war machine from the Israeli side.
Can every picture tell a story? Yes, ...