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Fw: Alert: Reporting the World/Iraq

Dear all I received this interesting e-mail which I thought I should forward
to you. Scroll down and take a look!

Ahmed Al-Ani
Britain Against Sanctions on Iraq

Tel: 0113 2824810     Mob: 07713 742021
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Address: 6 Main Street, Carlton, Wakefield, WF3 3RW, UK
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Cater" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 1:42 AM
Subject: Alert: Reporting the World/Iraq

> Dear Britain against sanctions on Iraq
> As someone concerned about Iraq, we though you might
> well find this alert about Iraq and the media of
> interest - please share, forward, and repost the
> message below, to encourage a full debate about how
> journalists cover Iraq and other conflicts.
> We would also welcome web links to
> Apologies any duplicates. Don't want this email? - hit
> reply with subject REMOVE
> Regards
> The Reporting the World team
> -----------------------------------------
> Reporting the World
> Iraq - thinking for ourselves
> We're gathering a group of senior journalists to take
> a long hard look at the reporting of Iraq in the
> media, to examine some of the assumptions we often
> make and to offer new and challenging perspectives.
> Who are we?
> This is part of Reporting the World, a series of
> seminars and publications and interactive website -
> - aimed at building
> an effective ethical framework for covering
> international news. At stake is our idea of the world
> and our place within it.
> So we've made a start - but WE NEED YOUR HELP to
> sharpen the critique of what we already get and to
> generate ideas about the way things could be. Email us
> on and we'll post the most
> challenging and creative contributions in the
> discussion section of our website,
> We'll also build them in to the agenda for our meeting
> on June 20. Afterwards you can go to the site to see
> the discussion for yourself, in transcript, audio and
> video form.
> At the end we'll produce a "toolkit" for journalists
> who want to offer more honest and responsible coverage
> of this and other important stories. So this is your
> chance to influence the news of tomorrow.
> Our agenda (so far) for June 20
> Current reporting
> Often criticised for:
> * Distracting us from the real issues by demonising
> Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as, in the words of one
> report, 'almost uniquely dangerous'.
> * Routinely echoing 'official sources' in treating
> Iraq as a 'rogue state', a  threat to its neighbours
> and the world, an 'outlaw nation'.
> * Largely ignoring the suffering of Iraqi people under
> sanctions. Remaining silent on the bombing of Iraq
> except at times when the UK or US military chooses to
> make it a story.
> Framing
> To whom does Iraq really pose a threat, and how
> authentic is it?
> Is an attack by Iraqi ballistic missiles really the
> most colourable security threat to her neighbours, the
> UK or the US?
> Who remembers, now, that paragraph 14 of UN Resolution
> 687 , which brought an end to the Gulf War, called for
> the elimination of all 'weapons of mass destruction'
> from the entire region - including, implicitly,
> Israel's nuclear arsenal?
> How are the sanctions really connected to any real
> programme of action aimed at denying Iraq the means to
> make chemical, biological or nuclear weapons?
> New perspectives
> How much do we (should we) know about the perspectives
> of other players, the French, Russians and Chinese,
> the rest of the world community, on Iraq?
> Are they 'foot-draggers' or 'self-interested', as
> routinely presented these many years, or would our
> reporting benefit from approaching this as a question
> with many sides?
> New sources
> How far would reporting of this important story be
> strengthened by access to more independent assessments
> of the real security issues in this strategic region?
> We will hear about a challenging civil society
> initiative, 'Triple Track diplomacy' in the Persian
> Gulf.
> An International Commission for Security and
> Cooperation in West Asia is now up and running, with
> representatives from Iraq, Iran, the Gulf Cooperation
> Council States and the five permanent members of the
> UN Security Council.
> A project to study the security structures within
> which the prospects for peace in the region will be
> mediated.
> Join the discussions at:
> Or email your contribution to:
> [end]
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