Representing Palestine: Media and Journalism in Australia Since World War I

Representing Palestine: Media and Journalism in Australia Since World War I

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Overview

After more than half a century, the Israel-Palestine conflict continues to dominate headlines. But how has the coverage of Palestinians by foreign media changed? How did foreign correspondents influence the perception of Palestine amongst their audiences? And why is understanding this so important?
Based on extensive original research in the archives of Australia's oldest newspaper, Peter Manning shows how the Sydney Morning Herald portrayed Palestine during three key periods - the end of World War I (1917-8); the Nakba and the creation of Israel (1947-8); and 9/11 and its aftermath (2000-2). In the process, he takes the reader on a unique jourbaney from the moment information was gathered on the ground in Palestine, through to its final processing and publication. Crucially, when correspondents neglected to write about Palestinians, their perspective never made it to readers and a space emerged for stereotyping and misunderstanding.
Manning reveals how the newspaper reported on key events such as Australian troops in Palestine and the Holocaust, but also how the newspaper failed to cover massacres and forced migrations. Combining close textual analysis of more than 10,000 articles with cutting-edge quantitative research methods, this book is important reading for anyone with an interest in how the print media has portrayed the conflict in Palestine - both in Australia and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780755641192
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/26/2020
Series: SOAS Palestine Studies
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Peter Manning is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he also received his PhD in 2014. Before turbaning to academia, he was an investigative reporter, producer and then executive producer of Four Corners in the 1980s and head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs in the early 1990s, starting Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and Landline. He later went on to be head of Current Affairs at the Seven Network.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Abbreviations xiii

Foreword to the SOAS Palestine Studies Book Series xv

Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction 1

Methodology 7

Scholarly Implications 12

Roadmap of the Book 13

1 Reporting Palestine in World War I 16

Historical Context 17

The SMH at War 19

Reporting Palestine 23

The Holy Land Narrative and Jerusalem 39

The Jews and Zionism 42

Stories Untold 44

War Correspondent in Context 48

Conclusion 54

2 Palestine's Competing Narratives after World War II 56

Perceptions of the Jewish Emigration to Palestine 1947 61

Australia's External Affairs Minister, Dr H.V. Evatt 64

The Palestinian Catastrophe (The Nakba) of 1947-8 72

3 Words for War and Partition 77

Terms of the Chosen Sample 79

The 'New' SMH of 1947-8 80

Reporting Palestine and Israel, 1947-8 86

4 The 'Special Correspondent' in Palestine, 1948 103

The Journalists' Union New Code of Ethics 104

'Facts' v. 'Opinion', 'News' v. 'Features' 105

By-Line Policy: Names, 'Special Correspondent' and 'Staff Correspondent' 107

News Reporting from Palestine 110

The SMH's 'Special Correspondent' in Palestine 112

The Body of Work of the 'Special Correspondent' 128

5 The 'Staff Correspondent' in Palestine, 1948 132

The SMH's 'Staff Correspondent' in Palestine 134

The Body of Work of the Staff Correspondent 155

One Land, Two Reporters: The Special Correspondent and the Staff Correspondent 159

6 Opinion on Palestine: Editors and Specialists 162

The Organs of Opinion in the SMH 165

Editorials in the SMH, 1947-8 166

'News Features' in the SMH, 1947-8 181

7 How to Miss the Palestinian Nakba, 1948 192

Conclusion Palestinians: From Low to High Visibility 228

Notes 241

Bibliography 255

Index 267

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