Home » Allgemein » In Defense of the Iraqi Media: Between Fueling Conflict and Healthy Pluralism

Choose language:

In Defense of the Iraqi Media: Between Fueling Conflict and Healthy Pluralism

Anja Wollenberg, Sarah El-Richani & Maral Jekta | PDF-Fulltext

Abstract: Despite the occupation and ensuing war, Iraq has experienced the emergence of a truly pluralistic media landscape after the fall of the Baath regime in 2003. Today, media coverage of domestic affairs is characterized not only by pluralism but also by bias and partiality reflecting strong ties between political actors and media outlets. Accordingly, the Iraqi media are often accused of fueling conflict and deepening the ethno-sectarian divide in society. Based on a qualitative frame analysis of Iraqi news bulletins, this study reveals that Iraqi media outlets provide indeed contesting frames on even the most divisive issues. Only the coverage of the armed war against IS is characterized by a non-pluralistic conformity among Iraqi channels that unequivocally focus on military successes against IS and jointly refrain from any criticism against the varied forces fighting IS in Iraq.

Keywords: , , , , , ,

Next Issue

Open Call for next issue


You are invited to send full paper submissions addressing any topic relevant to international or transcultural communication and media until February 15, 2019 to be considered for the Spring/Summer issue.

Please check our styleguide D / ENG.

Affiliation

The Global Media Journal - German Edition (GMJ-DE) is part of a network of academic peer-reviewed open-access journals around the world

GMJ Network.

The German Edition is edited by Prof. Dr. Carola Richter and Dr. Christine Horz and hosted at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Erfurt.

UniErfurtLogo

Logo_Web_RGB

Indexing

The Content of GMJ-DE is indexed by

EBSCO

DOAJ CC-BY-NL-

BY-NL