Study on Media and Conflict in Iraq


In defence of the Iraqi media: between fuelling conflict and healthy pluralism.

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German Federal Foreign Office

This study is a discourse analysis on the coverage of domestic conflicts in Iraqi TV channels with an emphasis on actors and frames. The aim was to understand if 
the notoriously partisan Iraqi media channels offer a variety of views on contested issues and how they differ from one another in the coverage of these issues. The researchers looked at 49 evening news bulletins in seven different channels, during August 2015. The study shows that to a certain extent Iraqi TV channels include contesting frames on even the most divisive of issues, such as government reform and the fall of Mosul. Despite the strong links between political actors and the media, the study also shows that on the fight against the extremist Islamic State group, the media have rallied around the flag and broadcast unifying messages.