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Iraq's December 2005 election : reporting democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

Isakhan, Benjamin 2006, Iraq's December 2005 election : reporting democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media, in ANZCA 2006 : Empowerment, creativity and innovation : Challenging media and communication in the 21st century, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, [Adelaide, S.Aust], pp. 1-14.

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Title Iraq's December 2005 election : reporting democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, Conference (2006 : Adelaide, South Australia)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 4-7 Jul. 2006
Title of proceedings ANZCA 2006 : Empowerment, creativity and innovation : Challenging media and communication in the 21st century
Editor(s) Anyanwu, Chika
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
Place of publication [Adelaide, S.Aust]
Keyword(s) Iraq
democracy
media
Summary 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.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 0863968376
9780863968372
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, ANZCA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033463

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