Technology in Conflict Reportage: the Use of Satellite and Drone Images in the Final Days of the Sri Lankan War

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Title Technology in Conflict Reportage: the Use of Satellite and Drone Images in the Final Days of the Sri Lankan War
Author Ubayasiri, Kasun
Journal Name Global Media Journal
Editor Associate Professor Hart Cohen
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Global Media Journal: Australian Edition
Abstract Sri Lankan government censorship may have prevented journalists from covering the final days of the civil war, but technological developments such as satellite technology shattered a government monopoly on information and sparked an international outcry over alleged human rights violations. This paper focuses on the final days of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, staged in a conflict theatre denied external independent media coverage. It argues that the development of satellite imagery and its availability to 'independent' humanitarian agencies provided a somewhat unique media resource, providing alternative and diverse news voices which would have otherwise been censored by the Sri Lankan government. While arguing the hyper-real images of satellite and drone footage provide only a partial narrative of the conflict, this paper argues without it, the much needed debate on the human suffering and the civilian death toll may have been non-existent.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.commarts.uws.edu.au/gmjau/v3_2009_2/kasun_ubayasiri_RA.html
Volume 3
Issue Number 2
Page from 1
Page to 13
ISSN 1835-2340
Date Accessioned 2011-08-06
Date Available 2011-08-31T07:18:45Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Journalism Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40535
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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