Bad news from Fallujah

Zollmann, Florian (2015) Bad news from Fallujah. Media, War & Conflict, 8. pp. 345-367. ISSN 17506352

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This study uses the thematic analysis developed by the Glasgow University Media Group to explore how the US, UK and German national press covered the US/Coalition assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in November 2004. The study relies on quantitative and qualitative full text content analyses to assess 428 news, editorial and commentary items. The article suggests that, while government and military officials of the US/Coalition had argued the military ‘operation’ was necessary to secure Iraq and defeat an ‘insurgency’, organisations and actors from Iraqi society refer to the ‘operation’ as ‘collective punishment’ and a ‘massacre’ that targeted the Iraqi population. The article investigates how the press represented each of these perspectives. The findings suggest that the press overemphasised the US/Coalition perspective despite striking counter evidence. Critical aspects of coverage largely focused on tactical elements of the military dimension of the event. The article concludes that such findings are in accord with hegemonic models of media performance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Media, War & Conflict
Keywords: Hegemony; international news; Iraq War; occupation; press coverage; thematic analysis
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Media and Communication
Depositing User: Susan Creaney
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 09:34
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 11:44

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