Propaganda and War

Independent, unembedded: journalist Dahr Jamail on Iraq

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Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, independent journalist Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for numerous outlets including Inter Press Service and The Nation; his voice is often heard on international broadcasts from the BBC and Democracy Now!, among others. Just returned from covering the elections in Iraq, Jamail visits several Northwest communities, Feb. 18-22. He will share direct insights about the war, the occupation, and the people of Iraq. Check out our events box (left) or Jamail's site for details!

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Seattle media watch group focuses on Iraq

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A new media accountability organization, the
Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism
, has formed in Seattle. The group plans to monitor and critique local media on significant issue coverage, beginning with coverage of Iraq, but also plans to engage directly with the press, establishing dialogue between journalists and local experts to help humanize coverage of complex and often-distant subjects. "The media are failing us," CCRJ co-founder Bert Sacks told Counterpunch. "The media failed to ask critical questions about weapons of mass destruction, simply repeating what the government said without much investigation or without much critical questioning." Sacks hopes to mobilize thousands of readers in Seattle to contact local print and broadcast media and say, "This is not acceptable to us. You are failing in your function in a democracy." In 1999, Sacks' personal outreach to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's foreign editor convinced the paper to send a reporter to Iraq with Sacks, and to publish a landmark, award-winning eight-page spread on the effects of US sanctions. The CCRJ is currently gathering signatures in order to demonstrate broad community support for its project.

[ Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism ]
[ Seattle P-I's March 99 special section on Iraq ]
[ Patty Murray's letter distributing the P-I report to the Senate ]
[ Bert Sacks: advice for working with the media ]

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Chomsky on Power, Terror and the Media

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"Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism," says dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky in a new film directed by John Junkerman. "Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." Power and Terror, which documents
Chomsky?s analysis of post-9/11 US foreign policy, receives its Seattle
premiere this month: Friday - Sunday, March 21- 23 and Tuesday - Sunday, March 25 - 30, 7 and 9pm, at Seattle's Little Theater (19th and Mercer).

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U.S. Media Applaud Bombing of Iraqi TV

FAIR MEDIA ADVISORY
March 27, 2003

When Iraqi TV offices in Baghdad were hit by a U.S missile strike on March 25, the targeting of media was strongly criticized by press and human rights groups. The general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, Aidan White, suggested that "there

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