Media witnessing in asymmetric conflict

Tamar Ashuri, Amit Pinchevski*

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This paper aims to demonstrate the relevance of media witnessing - the witnessing performed in, by, and through the media - in situations of asymmetric conflict. The expansion of media technologies has brought new opportunities for both individuals and organizations to bear witness to events and broadcast their reports to increasingly wider audiences. Practices of media witnessing have become crucial in situations of asymmetric conflict, where the battle for public opinion brings into play different resources than those utilized on conventional battlegrounds. We describe media witnessing as a field in which various forces, resources, and agents compete for recognition by media audiences. We provide a framework for analysis and apply it to two documentary films produced shortly after the clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian forces in the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002. We conclude with a discussion of the significance of media witnessing in the context of contemporary asymmetric conflicts.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalDynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Asymmetric conflict
  • Globalization
  • Media witnessing
  • Political violence


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