The Chechen wars, media, and democracy in Russia

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Ali Askerov, Director of Graduate Study (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Media, like religion, may create, escalate, or deescalate conflict. In the age of technology, partiesto protracted conflicts often use the media for their propaganda purposes. In many cases, despitepolitically created discourses, individual media members struggle to reveal the truth of theviolent confrontation that causes human casualties. This paper discusses Moscow’s tough mediapolicy during the Chechen wars, especially from 1999 to 2009 during the Second Chechen War,and argues that Kremlin’s severe media policy in the course of the height of this violent conflictnegatively affected the values of democracy in Russia. Nonetheless, Russia’s new media policyhad affected different media means differently depending on their missions and commitment. Toproduce this paper, data were collected through interviewing twenty-two Chechen nationals,including media experts, and randomly analyzing the contents of the Russian media and Chechenwebsites available online.

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Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, 8(2), 8-24.
Language: English
Date: 2015
media, conflict, Chechnya, Russia, democracy, propaganda

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