Covering death in conflicts of the second intifada on Israeli and Palestinian television

Wolfsfeld, G., Frosh, P. & Awabdy, M. T. (2008). Covering death in conflicts of the second intifada on Israeli and Palestinian television. Journal of Peace Research, 45(3), pp. 401-417.

The study of Wolfsfeld, Frosh and Awabdy (2008) gives a good insight on how journalistic mechanisms influence the reporting on television news. They have chosen two events to investigate the difference in coverage between Israeli and Palestinian broadcasts. In the article a clear theoretical framework is given by explaining the ethnocentric part in journalism. By doing this they try to give a better understanding on how journalist construct news of violent conflict. Although this research is only about the Israeli and Palestinian press, the authors tend to develop a journalistic mechanism that is cross-culturally. So it is maybe also interesting to apply this on the Western media. It is interesting to see how two events can be covered so differently by media. The Israeli and Palestinian press tries to either dramatize or legitimize the actions of their own group in favour of their own party. In my research this mechanism can be helpful to understand why events are framed the way they do.