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

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posted on 01.07.2007, 00:00 authored by Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan
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.

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Australian journalism review

Volume

29

Issue

1

Pagination

97 - 114

Publisher

Journalism Education Association of Australia

Location

Kelvin Grove, Qld.

ISSN

0810-2686

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

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C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2007, Journalism Education Association of Australia

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