Iraq's December 2005 Election: Reporting Democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern Print Media

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Title Iraq's December 2005 Election: Reporting Democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern Print Media
Author Isakhan, Benjamin
Publication Title Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century
Editor Chika Anyanwu
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Adelaide, Australia
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Communication Association and the University of Adelaide
Abstract Throughout the coverage of Iraq since the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s and especially since September 11, the Western mainstream Media have eschewed key historical and contextual data about Iraq, thereby serving to reduce and homogenize the complexity of the issues surrounding the region and the conflicts therein. In so doing, the media has tended towards Orientalism (Said, 1978) by trivialising Iraq and its people and thereby reinforcing the hegemony of the West over the 'backward, barbaric' East. Building on earlier research (Isakhan, 2005a), this paper further examines the reductive and homogenising reporting of Iraq in the Western media by using both quantitative and qualitative assessment methods to compare and contrast the discursive practices used to construct the Iraqi election of December 15, 2005 in Australia's leading daily newspapers with newspapers from the Middle East. In essence, it finds that while the Australian media propagates Orientalism through its one-eyed coverage, the Middle Eastern papers are more contemplative, focusing on the impact that this election could have throughout the region.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 0-86396-837-6
Conference name Australia & New Zealand Communication Association International Conference 2006: Empowerment, Creati
Location Adeliade, Australia
Date From 2006-07-04
Date To 2006-07-07
Date Accessioned 2007-03-22
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Communication and Media Studies
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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