Saturday, June 21, 2003

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting has issued a report on the state of the Iraqi media. They basically said that there is now a lot of media, all of it highly partisan - the nation lacks authoritative voices. The State Department has set up an Iraqi Media Network to rebuild this vital element of a democratic society and given it regulatory powers. However, IWPR reports: "The central problem is a conceptual one: the US administration has not firmly separated its policies for media from its agenda for public diplomacy (otherwise known among hacks as spin)." This of course hurts the credibility of the broadcast efforts.


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