Iraq: Is the media telling the real story?

5 April 2006

Reuters will flex some heavy-duty tech-muscles tonight, when it webcasts a live panel debate with seven panelists (ahem, all male), alongside an IRC chat, and live-blogging from Iraq, Bahrain the UK and United States. It's a new experiment born of the Global Voices/Reuters partnership. Tune in at 6pm EST.

I wonder how openDemocracy's coverage would fare with such a tough group of judges? Here are our latest contributions to the ether, on the third anniversary of the invasion, from Zaid Salah and five Iraqis with different views, including award-winning female blogger Riverbend.

In the run up to the war in 2002 our forums exploded with discussion and we were proud to say we were among the only media outlets to run thoughtful debates between Iraqis on what to do (or not do) about Saddam. Three years later, the aggressive stances people took have deflated and it invariably feels like everyone has thrown their hands up and are just waiting for the next (bad) thing to happen.

Can we blame the media for general lack of sustained interest? Not entirely. By ignoring the millions of people who hit the streets protesting the war, the governments who make up the "Coalition of the Willing" have played an important part in making people feel like it doesn't matter what they think anyway. We know so much about the lies and deceit that went into cooking this war thanks to the media, but who's responsibility is it to take that information and say it's totally unacceptable?

Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

As COVID rates across the country surge, how can we hold our leaders accountable? Meet the lawyers, journalists and politicians leading the charge in our free live discussion on Thursday 1 October at 5pm UK time.

Hear from:

Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy, and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Jolyon Maugham Barrister and founder of the Good Law Project.

Layla Moran Liberal Democrat MP (TBC)

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData