Normalization of War and Conflict in Iraq’s Iraqiya Televison

in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
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This article examines the practice of news journalists at Iraqiya, the Iraqi state broadcaster, in the context of the continuing conflict in Iraq. The paper draws on eighteen months of fieldwork at the channel’s headquarters in Baghdad and on interviews with media practitioners throughout the news department. In this article, I show how Iraqiya news employees redefine media professionalism and ethics in the context of an ongoing conflict. I argue that Iraqiya’s news practitioners exist in a liminal state that emerged from their lived experience of the ongoing conflict, a conflict that has brought about new journalistic identities and modes of practice as violence and war have become normalized in everyday practices and lives.

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    Since 2014the Badr Organization forces have played a prominent role in fighting ISIS; they are known in particular for their fight in the Diyala governorate; in February 2015 over 100 members of the militia were killed in battle.

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    Interview with author Baghdad 24 May 2015.

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    Interview with the author Baghdad May 2015.

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    Interview with author Baghdad 24 May 2015.

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    Interview with author Baghdad 24 May 2015.

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