CNN to air 'media analysis' show on US-Iraq conflict

MUMBAI: CNN is beefing up its content to ensure that its discerning viewers are exposed to a wide cross-section of viewpoints and opinions related to the Iraq-US conflict.



CNN's media analysis programme, International Correspondents, returns to CNN this weekend. This weekend's edition will take a look at the many issues that the strike on Iraq has triggered in the media during the first two weeks.

Anchored by Jon Snow of the UK's Channel 4 News, the two half hour shows will look at the fog of war; the difficulties media organisations have in finding the truth in a military conflict supported by one of the most sophisticated communications operations ever mounted in wartime; the challenges facing the Arab media and the safety of journalists covering the conflict.

A press release states that the guests for the shows include the BBC's director of news Richard Sambrook, former BBC foreign correspondent Martin Bell, The Indian Express diplomatic correspondent Jyoti Malhotra, London's Evening Standard defence correspondent Robert Fox, former US assistant secretary of state and chief spokesman Jamie Rubin and Al Jazeera's Ibrahim Helal.

The release also adds that International Correspondents is a unique program where the global media is put into the spotlight to analyse coverage of the week's top news stories. By questioning a panel of print and broadcast journalists, the show scrutinizes the media's fairness and objectivity.

The program examines coverage of the major stories through the eyes of those reporting on them and also looks at the challenges journalists face in reporting all over the world, from every time zone and every war zone.

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