Entries in Libya
26 October 2011 - Replacing "The Chairman of NTC" with "Libyans"
1 September 2011 - BBC misinterprets Hague quote in website headline
14 July 2011 - NATO not mentioned when reporting on Libyan rebel's human rights abuses
20 June 2011 - Which is worse: killing civilians or spending money to do it?
15 June 2011 - Can reporting about Libya be at least as upfront as politicians?
7 June 2011 - Libya not the only one practicing 'media manipulation'
2 June 2011 - Discussion of the human rights abuses by Libyan rebels
22 April 2011 - The 'biggest problems' with the use of US drones in war
21 March 2011 - George Galloway Interview
9 March 2011 - Blaming previous government for all wrongdoing
Many of the major UK news reports are routinely shaped by Prime Ministerial speeches and press releases, often including a sense of balance in presenting oppositional views emerging from parliamentary debate and opposition. However on issues such as foreign policy, upon which the main political parties are more or less in...
Guardian 'Investigation' Claims Vindication for Libya War
Amy Woods, 4 October 2011
“How Cameron swept aside Libya sceptics”, read The Guardian’s front page article, written by Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt, yesterday (3 October 2011). The paper also contained a “special report” by the two writers looking at “how the Arab spring in Libya transformed him from a reluctant to a passionate interventionist”. Absurdly...
Suez in Perspective, a Central Office of Information film made in 1960, four years after the Suez Canal Crisis, provides - based on what we now know - an imbalanced, and in some ways, false account of the 1956 British invasion of Port Said and the Suez Canal. The film, which...
In the new introduction to his autobiography, Tony Blair urges that Europe and the United States need a plan to “support” the Arab Spring, with further military action as required. Blair has been receiving a warm reception on his current promotional interview trail. While the public have made book-signings too difficult, the...
Arthur Ponsonby wrote in 1928 that "when war is declared, truth is the first casualty". Embedded journalists during war time are in some ways tools for the military of the countries they represent. As we saw with the invasion of Iraq, news reports represent one side, often censoring crucial information. Anything...
News of the NATO extension for their mission in Libya came on the same day as news that over 700 civilians have died as a direct result of NATO strikes since the enforcement of a no-fly zone. Looking back to the start of the war, how did the BBC and...
When war (or 'humanitarian intervention') breaks out, the news very quickly becomes nothing more than a voice for the government. Embedded journalists provide updates to the country as though they are reporting from a war movie. Newspapers and news websites give us statistics on war planes and other machinery as though...
Libya Air Strikes: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Bob Rainmore, 22 March 2011
For this piece I will briefly compare the make up of two differing photo reels from the BBC and the Guardian’s website. The table below gives the percentage of pictures that a specific item appears in. Note that the percentages do not sum to 100% as some pictures contain more than...
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