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Propaganda and War: Interviews Available

JOEL CAMPAGNA
Yesterday evening, the U.S. military intentionally bombed Iraq TV. Program coordinator on the Middle East and North Africa for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Campagna said: “Broadcast media is a civilian object under the Geneva Conventions and cannot be targeted unless it is used for military purposes (e.g. military communication).” CPJ also objected to the New York Stock Exchange pulling Al-Jazeera’s press credentials yesterday.
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LAMIS ANDONI
An independent journalist and analyst who has covered the Middle East for over two decades, including the Iran-Iraq war in the south of Iraq, Andoni is monitoring the Arab-language media. She said today: “The POW footage has been shown by numerous TV stations around the world, yet Al-Jazeera was singled out by the U.S. government and demonized.” Al-Jazeera this week launched an English language website [http://english.aljazeera.net], which, along with its Arabic language site [www.aljazeera.net] has reportedly been sabotaged by hackers in recent days. Specifically, the U.S. servers are down, so the websites are accessible around the world, but not in the U.S. Images from Al-Jazeera, some very graphically showing the horrors of war from Basra, have been posted on other websites: [http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=51694].
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ERICH MARQUARDT
Marquardt is editor and publisher of YellowTimes.org, which was suspended by its internet provider after posting photos of U.S. prisoners of war and dead Iraqi civilians.
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RACHEL COEN
Coen is an analyst with Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, which recently completed a study on sources used by the TV networks in Iraq coverage and is closely monitoring daily news reporting on the war.
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ROBERT JENSEN
Author of the recent Newsday op-ed, “Beware the Sources of Official Info,” Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of the book Writing Dissent.
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LAURA MILLER
Miller is associate editor of PR Watch, which produces a regular “Spin of the Day.”
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CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON
Professor of communications at American University and author of several books, including Science of Coercion, Simpson can address satellite imaging, psychological operations, and propaganda.

MARK CRISPIN MILLER
Professor of media studies at New York University and author of Spectacle: Operation Desert Storm and the Triumph of Illusion.

JACK SHAHEEN
Shaheen is author of the book Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020