[FoME] New Iraq Studies: media literacy, conflict coverage

Klaas Glenewinkel klaas at mict-international.org
Di Okt 24 09:29:06 CEST 2017

Liebe Liste,

wir haben zwei weitere Studien mit Medienmachern und Mediennutzern im Irak durchgeführt und ausgewertet.

Weiter geht es auf english:

I would like to present two media studies conducted in Iraq. The first study is dedicated to the question of media literacy in the context of a fragmented and volatile media environment. A total of 2,982 interviews were conducted around the country in order to better understand if, and how, Iraqi media users combine different sources and to what extent they reflect bias and partiality of the local media channels. 
In contrast to the common assumption that media use in Iraq follows strictly ethno-sectarian patterns, the study reveals that most of the domestic TV channels reach both Shiite and Sunni target groups. The notion of cross-sectarian media usage is further strengthened by the fact that 75 percent of respondents indicate that they regularly use two or more sources to obtain information about Iraqi domestic politics, while almost 60 percent say they regularly compare news from stations representing different political constituencies. 

Read http://www.mict-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/medialiteracy_iraq.pdf <http://www.mict-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/medialiteracy_iraq.pdf>

The second 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. 

Read http://www.mict-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/mediaandconflict_iraq.pdf <http://www.mict-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/mediaandconflict_iraq.pdf>

All the best


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