Mobilising for battle
The news media and war from Vietnam to Iraq
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This chapter examines the study of news media and war, moving on to review key works that have analysed, in a systematic fashion, the content and framing of wartime news media coverage. Beginning with Vietnam, these systematic studies include work on the 1982 Falklands conflict, the 1992 Gulf War, and the 2003 Iraq War. During the Falklands conflict in 1982, the British government demonstrated the utility of placing journalists alongside combatants as a means to foster sympathetic reporting. The chapter outlines the various debates concerning the impact on media-state relations of the passing of the cold war, the introduction of new communications technology and intensified government media-management activities. The analysis of media management includes an overview of coalition media operations during the 2003 Iraq War. The chapter concludes by setting out the case for a theoretically grounded, normatively engaged and methodologically rigorous approach to studying news media and war.

Pockets of resistance

British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq


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