Iraq Bulletin for August 2014 is compiled by Elayne Jude for Great North News Service
How the Iraqi media portray ISIS*
A recent conference of journalists and editors at Erbil concluded that the Iraqi media had failed to provide unbiased and professional coverage of the recent conflict.
In Baghdad and in Kurdistan, official outlets have been noted for making claims that progress was being made at a certain front which subsequently was proven to be untrue, purportedly to boost morale. It was claimed by the Iraqi military and widely reported as fact that the Army had taken or was about to take Tikrit from militants. The town remains in jihadists' hands.
When ISIS took over Mosul on June 10, some pro-Sunni Arab media outlets, such as Al-Taghyir, which broadcasts out of Amman, hailed militants' actions as a "revolution" and ISIS as "tribal revolutionaries." Pro-government and Shiite-funded news organisations such as Al-Iraqiya state channel labeled the same militants as "terrorists" or "terrorist gangs."