Can peace journalism make progress? The Coverage of the 2006 Lebanon War in Canadian and Israeli Media

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Abstract

Johan Galtung's criticisms in the 1970s of media representations that glamorize war evolved as the peace journalism alternative approach. Since then, peace journalism has developed into a philosophical framework and an arsenal of framing techniques, but has been criticized for conceptual and practical weaknesses, and the need to strengthen its methodology, conceptual framework and empirical validation. This study of the 2006 Lebanon War press coverage in Canada and Israel aims at contributing to the empirical dimension. Stories published on and during the war by the Canadian Toronto Sun and the Israeli Yediot Aharonot were content analysed according to criteria adapted from the literature. General findings demonstrate an expected tendency towards ‘war journalism’. Comparative findings for each newspaper, however, show that peace journalism is not entirely disregarded. While the study indicates both the salience and the resilience of war journalism, it also concludes that there are opportunities for the advancement of peace journalism and professional practices that could be adopted to achieve this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-471
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Canadian media
  • Israeli media
  • Lebanon War
  • peace journalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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