Essay on Media Coverage Of A New Zealand
New Zealand troops have spent more time in Afghanistan, than both World War One and World War Two Combined, despite this, mainstream media coverage of the war has been limited, and one-side. Government reports have relied on embedded journalism and the NZDF methods of public relations (PR), have been responsible for the upkeep of the military’s positive, peacekeeping, reconstructed, ‘kiwi’ image. While this was not untrue, it was never the whole story. The NZDF maintains strong connections to the US Military and has since been criticised for its involvement in mistreatment of prisoners and the NZ SAS leadership in the Band e Timur raid in 2002 (Stephenson, 2015). Media, ought to act as the fourth pillar of democracy, a watchdog on the inner workings of government policy arrangements, providing transparency of government of the day for the citizens of New Zealand and facilitating a realm of rational, well-informed debate. However, disconnects between, military, and government, media and public have impaired this.
2. Theoretical Framework
This report looks at the interactions between and within, the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF), the New Zealand Government of the day and the local mass media (Thompson, 2016). Institutional analysis examines competing institutional interests and contextual forces and is therefore useful to consider. Institutionalism emphasises the role of institutions in affecting human action, within and surrounding the state (IBid, 556).…