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Witnessing war: economies of regulation in reporting war and conflict

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2009) Witnessing war: economies of regulation in reporting war and conflict. Communication Review, 12 (3). pp. 215-226. ISSN 1071-4421

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10714420903124077


The Gaza war controversy over positions of showing ('hill of shame' vs. 'Gaza street' views) throws into relief the moralizing power of a particular way of seeing, witnessing, that organizes Western war and conflict reporting around demands for pity about human suffering rather than demands for justice over the causes of war. Insofar as witnessing functions as the key mode of seeing in Western media, this article argues, it becomes responsible for reproducing hierarchies of place and human life that prioritise Western over non-Western suffering as a cause of emotion and action for media publics.

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Additional Information: © Taylor & Francis 2009
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 11:36
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:52

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