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Media use, anti-Americanism and international support for the Iraq War


Willnat, Lars and Aw, Annette and Hamdy, Naila Nabil and He, Zhou and Menayang, Victor and La Porte, María Teresa and Sanders, Karen and Tamam, Ezhar (2006) Media use, anti-Americanism and international support for the Iraq War. International Communication Gazette, 68 (5-6). pp. 533-550. ISSN 1748-0485


This study investigates the impact of pre-war news coverage on international support for President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The study is based on a survey conducted one week prior to the start of the Iraq War among 1787 university students from six countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The findings indicate that exposure to pre-war news coverage was associated with more positive attitudes toward Iraq and higher levels of fear related to the possible consequences of a war. Stronger international support for a US invasion correlated with more positive attitudes toward Iraq, less fear about a possible war and lower levels of anti-Americanism. Copyright © 2006 Sage Publications.

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Item Type: Article
Subject: Anti-Americanism
Subject: Iraq War, 2003-
Subject: Iraq - International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048506068729
Publisher: Sage
Keywords: Anti-Americanism, Emotions, Foreign policy, Iraq, Media exposure, War
Depositing User: Azwana Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 09:29
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 02:37
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/18134
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