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New Media Realities in the Middle East: reporting from a conflict where language is a weapon, “a camera is as dangerous as a gun”, and journalists are targets

The following is the transcript of a panel discussion that took place at The NewsXchange in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10-11 November, 2002. Participating were Nik Gowing of the BBC, Eason Jordan, president of CNN, Shalom Kital, CEO and editor-in-chief of Channel 2 News, Israel, Jonathan Baker, foreign editor of BBC news, …

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New Moves for Showtime

Showtime-one of the Arab world's main Pay TV packagers of English-language Western entertainment for an overwhelmingly Arab audience-has staked a claim in recent months to be regarded as the premium network for Arabic movies with the introduction of its own Arabic movie channel-Al Shasha. Much of Showtime's Arab cinema content …

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What The World’s Poor Watch On TV

Is television an outpost of cultural imperialism? More than two billion people in poor countries now have access to a set. But, rather than envying the West, they are increasingly tuning in to local programs. In 1999, an extremist group in Karachi launched a campaign against un-Islamic practices in Pakistan, …

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Credo of a Crouching Couch Potato

Sunday, March 23, 2003 Watching BBC and Al Jazeera (9-10.30 approx.) Both running live coverage of operations in Umm Qasr. BBC correspondent is "on a raised platform" with the officer (US marines) directing the operation and a cameraman (who has to duck every now and then - it is implied …

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“Friendly Fire?” – the Peter Arnett Affair

When NBC and National Geographic fired Baghdad correspondent Peter Arnett for his comments to Iraqi state television, it seemed like the journalistic equivalent of 'friendly fire." As Tim Goodman pointed out in the San Francisco Chronicle, the affair raises several issues for debate among journalists. TBS reproduces an article from …

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Moral Dilemmas of the Press

From The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/11/opinion/11JORD.html? April 11, 2003 The News We Kept to Ourselves By EASON JORDAN ATLANTA - Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time …

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Parties to the Conflict

From The Daily Star (Lebanon) http://www.gvnews.net/html/dailynews/alert3948.html April 8, 2003 GVNews.Net Daily World By Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star (Lebanon) Between the biases, distortion and cheerleading of American and Arab television coverage of the Iraq war, a viewer of both U.S. and Arab broadcasts can piece together a picture of …

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Media on Media: Introduction

In no previous war has the media been so much a part of the story. Whereas in the past, interest has been largely directed at the information that journalists have collected and passed on, in the current Iraq war a large part of the press's attention has been directed at …

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Covering The Iraq War in India

"Just because the microphone in front of you amplifies your voice around the world, is no reason to think we have any more wisdom than we had when our voices could reach only from one end of the bar to the other."  Edward R. Murrow Indian entertainment, primarily recognized as …

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