In the Middle East, shallow or biased media coverage can result in dehumanization and at times even the perpetuation of violence. Israeli journalists rarely report in depth on Palestinian perspectives and vice versa. Because the media so often concentrate on negative events, Palestinians may see Israelis as either soldiers or settlers, while Israelis can see all Palestinians as potential terrorists or suicide bombers. Without a proper context for understanding “the enemy,” stereotypes and misinformation are allowed to multiply and the prospect for lasting peace diminishes.
DIVIDING LINES makes an excellent addition to any journalism curriculum. It sparks discussion of media coverage in conflict zones around the world and sustains an important dialogue that should be ongoing.
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The United States Institute of Peace
Reporters Without Borders
Society of Professional Journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists