Government Influences on Media News Reporting

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The writer presents a paper which assesses why government may seek to influence news reporting when they face a crisis. The paper starts with an introduction looking at why this is an important subject and then presets a literature review which includes discussion on the importance of freedom of the press and the role of the media and the way it may be controlled looking at international examples, including the UK government media constraints during the Northern Ireland problems and the conflict with the IRA. The writer then examines the way the Turkish media reported the killing of 35 civilians in Uludere on the 28th December 2011 by the Turkish military, mistaking them for PKK insurgents. The assessment is based on two major Turkish newspapers. Thirty sources are cited in the bibliography of this twenty page paper.