Join The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and CMES for our Spring 2016 Colloquium Series
Dr. Jeannine Relly and Prof. Maggy Zanger
Dr. Relly is Associate Professor and Prof. Zanger is Professor of Practice, both in UA School of Journalism
After the fall of the Ba’athist regime in Iraq with its tight control on media and practices of torture, there was an explosion of hundreds of news media outlets. Despite the promise of a vibrant press, more than $500 million in donor funding for news media development, and a so-called ‘‘democracy promotion’’ program that spent as much as $10 billion a month during the occupation, Iraq remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists to work. Moreover, the country’s news media is largely controlled by ethno-sectarian influences in a fractured political context making prospects for an autonomous news media dim. This research was carried out in the year of the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and examines the influences of news media development, violence, the Internet, news outlet ownership, religion, political ideology and other factors on Iraqi journalists perceptions of journalistic values and their attitudes toward the concept of holding government accountable.
Relly's research is focused on government information policy and press-state relations, democratic institutions, freedom of expression and access to information in countries in conflict and political transition, and formal and informal institutions related to the policy issue of public corruption.
Zangers's research focuses on international journalism; media, conflict and humanitarian crises; and Kurdish media development. She lived in Iraq for two years as the country director for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting traingin Iraqis to be independent journalists. Together, they conducted research on Iraqi journalists in 2011 and are currently researching the challenges facing Afghan journalists.
Photos: Dr. Jennine Relly, left, and Professor Maggy Zanger, right