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Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings

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posted on 01.01.2005, 00:00 authored by Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan
A series of bomb blasts that targeted a number of Assyrian churches in Baghdad and Mosul last year were reported in the Australian media and seemed to hint at the complexity of Iraq’s cosmopolitan society. This paper seeks to compare and contrast the representation of these events in four of Australia’s leading newspapers (The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald) by using a multi-methodological approach. The analysis reveals that Australian print coverage falls short of detailing the complexities of Iraq’s cosmopolitan society and therefore engenders an Orientalist (Said, 1978) discourse that constructs the Assyrians as powerless and anonymous victims.

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Event

Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference (2005 : Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland)

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1 - 16

Publisher

Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University

Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Place of publication

Nathan, Qld.

Start date

06/07/2009

End date

08/07/2009

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2005, Griffith University

Editor/Contributor(s)

I Woodward, D Ellison

Title of proceedings

Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers

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