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Introduction

  • Graham Spencer

Abstract

The news media is not well disposed to peace. The war correspondent has no equivalent peace correspondent and extensive analysis about the media and war (Taylor 1998; Carruthers 2000; Thussu and Freedman 2003; Allan and Zelizer 2004) finds no comparative interest with the media and peace. Why is this? One obvious answer is that if the media is not concerned with peace, then there is little point in examining what is largely ignored or overlooked. However, in response to this position, one might also argue that it is precisely this absence of interest which raises important moral and social questions about what journalistic responsibility means. If the drama of conflict is given precedence over the undramatic but socially more desirable condition of peace, then what does this tell us about journalism and is this the kind of journalism that best serves society? This book attempts to address such questions by examining the role of the news media in a range of international conflict situations and highlights how a news obsessiveness with conflicts between dominant extremes tends to reinforce rather than challenge the path to violent conflict. If the news media tend to exacerbate political confrontation, whilst marginalizing non-confrontational discourse which seeks to de-escalate or prevent violent conflict, then this surely poses problems not just for the idea of journalistic objectivity, but society itself.

Keywords

News Medium Television News News Coverage Violent Conflict Dominant Party 
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Copyright information

© Graham Spencer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Spencer
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  1. 1.School of Creative Arts, Film and MediaUniversity of PortsmouthUK

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