We are in a period of history where we have access to more information than ever before and all instantaneously at the click of a button. Despite this, the magnitude of so called ‘fake news’ has reached fever pitch, with many calling the integrity of journalists, responsible for disseminating political information, into question.
Within the special position they occupy, journalists are bound by professional norms which in the last decade of coverage on Iraq have been tailored in ways that reflects the geopolitical preferences of regional and international powers.
On September 22 1980, following a military operation led by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s army, 10 airfields across Iran were bombed by Iraqi jets. A quick google search tells us this was how the eight-year war began.
Trawling through archives, the reality one begins to uncover is far from this simple...