Analysis of the BBC News online coverage of the Iraq War
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The BBC and its coverage of the 2003 Iraq War have received much criticism as well as much praise around the world. Some observers have attacked the news coverage of the BBC, claiming it was clearly biased in support of the war, serving as a propaganda tool for the British government. Others have credited the BBC for its in-depth reporting from the war zone, juxtaposing it to the blatantly patriotic U.S. news coverage. This chapter examines the news coverage the BBC provided on its Web site during the 2003 Iraq War and analyzes the themes and Web-specific features used to enhance war reporting.
This book chapter is published as Dimitrova, Daniela V. "Analysis of the BBC News online coverage of the Iraq War." In Cybermedia Go to War: Role of Converging Media During and After the 2003 Iraq War (Ralph D. Berenger, ed.). (2006): 92-102. Spokane, WA: Marquette Books. Posted with permission.