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Media under fire: Fact and fiction in conditions of war

31-12-2005 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 860, by Christiane Eilders

The article reviews recent findings on the quality of war reporting, the conditions under which it takes place, the information policies of the warring parties and their effects.


Christiane Eilders
is a senior researcher in political communication at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, Germany. 

Focusing on German media coverage of the 1991 Gulf war, the Kosovo war and the 2003 Iraq war, it discusses both typical shortcomings of reporting and recent improvements, highlights information control strategies and proposes standards for war reporting.  

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