"This is an excellent source which puts students in the heart of the contemporary discussion and encourages them to form opinions. It is a great resource for seminars as well as gateways to research."
- Paul Matthews, University College Birmingham
"An excellent text that covers not only how the media cover acts of terrorism but also how terror groups can manipulate the media."
- David Lowe, Liverpool John Moores University
Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a 'war on terror'?
Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of 'The Contradictions of Media Power' (2014) and the 'The Politics of Media Policy' (2008) and co-author (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) of 'Misunderstanding the Internet' (2016). Co-edited collections include 'Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives; (2012) and 'War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7' (2003) with Daya Thussu; 'Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives' (2016) with Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens and Robert McChesney; and 'The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance' (2011) with Michael Bailey. He is an editor of the Sage journal 'Global Media and Communication', a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition and the project lead for the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television chaired by Lord Puttnam. Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London. A PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he is the founder and Managing Editor of Global Media and Communication, a journal published by SAGE. He has authored and edited as many as 17 books. Among his key publications are: Mapping BRICS Media (co-edited with Kaarle Nordenstreng, 2015); Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Des Freedman, 2012); Internationalizing Media Studies (2009); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (2007); Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (2007); International Communication: Continuity and Change, third edition (forthcoming); and Electronic Empires: Global Media and Local Resistance (1998). In 2014, he was honored with a "Distinguished Scholar Award" by the International Studies Association, a first for a non-Western scholar in the field of International Communication.
Introduction: Dynamics of Media and Terrorism - Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussu PART ONE: CONTEXTS Terror, War and Disjunctures in the Global Order - Lena Jayyusi Media, War and Information Technology - Christian Fuchs Public Diplomacy Versus Terrorism - Philip Seib Propaganda and Terrorism - David Miller and Rizwaan Sabir PART TWO: GLOBAL REPRESENTATIONS OF TERRORISM Terrorism and Global Popular Culture - Toby Miller Hollywood, the CIA and the 'War on Terror' - Oliver Boyd-Barrett, David Herrera and Jim Baumann Terror, Culture and Anti-Muslim Racism - Gholam Khiabany and Milly Williamson Pictures and Public Relations in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Greg Philo PART THREE: TERRORISM ON THE HOME FRONT South Asia and the Frontline of the 'War on Terror' - Daya Kishan Thussu Covering Terrorism in Russian Media - Elena Vartanova and Olga Smirnova WikiLeaks and War Laws - Stig A. Nohrstedt and Rune Ottosen Television and Immigration in France - Tristan Mattelart The 'War on Terror' in Arab Media - Helga Tawil-Souri PART FOUR: JOURNALISTS AND THE 'WAR ON TERROR' Terrorism and News Narratives - Justin Lewis Asylum Seekers as Political Spectacle - Jake Lynch, Annabel McGoldrick and Alex Russell Media Myth and Ground Reality in Reporting from Iraq - Dahr Jamail Challenging the Media War - Danny Schechter