Free Press International’s James Dolan said the media is in a “war of ideas” with jihadists.
“We have been talking about this for quite some time now and I think we are witnessing a significant increase in the level of coverage and the volume of coverage of the conflict,” he said in an interview on Thursday.
Dolan, an investigative journalist who has been covering the war from a number of angles for the past decade, said the mainstream media have been too eager to focus on the jihadists’ claims that they have captured Iraqi airfields and military installations.
“The mainstream media has completely ignored the reality of the war,” he told Al Jazeera.
The U.S. has been largely successful in getting the international community to condemn the war, and in the process, has helped push the international narrative.
“That narrative is now being pushed by the U.N. and by the international media,” Dolan added.
“There’s a lot of room for change in this narrative.”
Free Press has published a report detailing the impact of U.K. airstrikes on Iraqi air defences and civilian infrastructure, but the U,S., and Turkey are still at war with each other and the conflict has left tens of thousands dead.
Free Press released the report on Thursday, after it was presented to the U., U. S., and EU ambassadors.
“I think the most important thing for journalists to understand about this conflict is that there are people who are willing to die to make that narrative, to be a part of that narrative,” Darens said.
“They’re willing to kill their own children and children of their parents.
I think it’s a really important thing to understand, especially as the war is intensifying and as the death toll continues to rise.”