Notes from journalists covering crisis, especially focused on journalistic questions, challenges, and lessons learned.

Losing The Media War In Iraq

Accuracy in Media

By Cliff Kincaid
August 20, 2003

The Washington Post reports that L. Paul Bremer, the civil administrator in Iraq, has issued guidelines for Iraqi media, forbidding them from inciting violence, promoting hatred or circulating false information “calculated to promote opposition” to the new governing authority. But the Bush administration seems to be doing nothing about American reporters in Iraq serving as propaganda mouthpieces for foreign terrorists killing U.S. military personnel. The stories produced by these reporters undermine the war effort.… Read more

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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003

U.S. Taps Media Chief for Iraq

By Daniel Williams
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, August 19, 2003; Page A14

BAGHDAD, Aug. 18 — U.S. authorities have appointed a media commissioner to govern broadcasters and the press, establish training programs for journalists and plan for the establishment of a state-run radio and television network — part of an effort to regulate Iraq’s burgeoning news media while dodging allegations of heavy-handed control.… Read more

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Monday, Aug. 18, 2003

Reuters Cameraman Shot Dead While Filming in Iraq

Reuters

Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana was shot dead on Sunday while filming near a U.S.-run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Eyewitnesses said Dana, 43, was shot by soldiers on an American tank as he filmed outside Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad.… Read more

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003

Baghdad’s media explosion

by Matthew Price
BBC correspondent in Baghdad


Believe it or not, when you drive round Baghdad these days you can listen to the BBC World Service in crystal clear FM quality.

It is a far cry from the days when Iraqis would try to make out the news through the crackle of the state’s jamming facilities.

Radio and television outlets have sprouted all across this country. … Read more

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Monday, Aug. 11, 2003

Spending big in Iraq: Gathering news doesn’t come cheap for CNN, others

By CAROLINE WILBERT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


When the full-scale war ended in Iraq, the story did not.

Neither did the spending. News executives continue to dump buckets of money into coverage that doesn’t generate big ratings — or dominate television newscasts — the way it did during the war.… Read more
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Saturday, Aug. 09, 2003

America’s Glossy Envoy: State Funds Pop Magazine for Young Arabs

By Peter Carlson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 9, 2003; Page A01


The U.S. government has a message for young Arabs:

Hi.

Hi is a new magazine funded by the State Department, published in Arabic, targeted at Arabs ages 18 to 35 and sold on newsstands in more than a dozen countries. It costs consumers about $2 a copy. It will cost American taxpayers about $4 million a year — minus whatever advertising revenues it can generate.… Read more
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Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003

Bush blames slow economy on TV coverage of war

By The Hearst Newspapers – 08/02/03

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Friday blamed television coverage of the buildup to the Iraq war for contributing to the nation’s sluggish economic recovery.

Bush has frequently cited the stock market decline, the brief recession at the outset of his presidency, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the wave of corporate accounting scandals for sapping the confidence of investors and consumers alike.

But for the second time in two days, he also pointed a finger at television networks’ pre-war coverage.… Read more
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The Media at War

The New Yorker




At the end of June, I went to London to participate in a conference hosted by the Guardian newspaper about the media’s coverage of the war in Iraq. The Brits were asking, it struck me, exactly the questions the U.S. media was trying to avoid asking about itself. How much had the press bought the Bush package? How much had professional skepticism been overwhelmed by Pentagon spin (Victoria Clark and General Vincent Brooks), commercial patriotism (flag logos on every television news show), war romanticism (the embeds), and the intimidation factor (9/11 and the Fox effect)?


In the column that I wrote when I returned from London, I said that I could hardly imagine an American news organization holding such an event.
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Iraqis Get the News but Often Don’t Believe It

New York Times

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.


AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 4 — The Iraqi economy is flat on its back. But here on Karada Out, the bustling boulevard just across the Tigris River from Saddam Hussein’s palaces, business is booming.

Specifically, the information business. In a two-mile stretch of this thoroughfare, 53 shops are selling satellite television receivers. Close to 100 stores have television sets on display on the sidewalks, where multicolored boxes from Korean manufacturers are stacked high.… Read more
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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Papers Cover Discontent Among Soldiers in Iraq

Editor & Publisher

By Joe Strupp

NEW YORK — As U.S. military casualties in Iraq continue to mount, newspapers find themselves thrust into a new area of coverage: the growing discontent among soldiers who have to remain in the war-torn country, and the angry protests of some of their families back home. Newspapers have used everything from a column by an angry spouse to the publication of an anonymous e-mail dispatch purported to be from a soldier in Iraq. … Read more

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