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Media discourse and Iraq's democratisation : reporting the 2005 constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

Isakhan, Benjamin 2007, Media discourse and Iraq's democratisation : reporting the 2005 constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media, Australian journalism review, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 97-114.

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Title Media discourse and Iraq's democratisation : reporting the 2005 constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 97
End page 114
Publisher Journalism Education Association of Australia
Place of publication Kelvin Grove, Qld.
Publication date 2007-07
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary This paper analyses in detail the coverage of two milestones in Iraq's shift towards democracy: the drafting and approval of the constitution by Iraq s interim government (August 2005) and the ratification of this constitution via the Iraqi polls (October 2005). Aside from some rudimentary quantitative analysis, a critical discourse analysis method is utilised to compare and contrast the discursive practices used in three of Australia s leading daily newspapers (The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) with three Middle Eastern English-language papers (The Daily Star, Anadolu Agency and the Jordan Times). The paper finds that the Australian print media continues the neo-Orientalist tradition of media coverage of Middle Eastern democracy, while the Middle Eastern press eschews these discourses in favour of a more open, varied debate on Iraq s constitution and the future of democracy across the region.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Journalism Education Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033497

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