The Battlefield of the Media: Reporting Terrorism in Conditions of Conflict and Political Repression

Andrew Glazzard, Alastair Reed 2 Nov 2021

This report synthesises the findings of four country case study papers which explored the challenges for journalists in reporting on terrorism in conflict-affected or authoritarian societies in the Middle East/North Africa region. The paper examines the aims and methods of states (which, in the region, are usually authoritarian and repressive) and non-state actors, including terrorist groups. It goes on to analyse the merits of citizen and conflict-sensitive journalism as approaches to reporting terrorism in such challenging settings.

Keywords: Terrorism, Disinformation, Media, Terrorism Reporting, Journalism, Middle East, Strategic Communications