Islamic State Imagery

Friday, August 15, 2014


The extremist group ISIS, now calling itself the Islamic State, continues to grab headlines with its brutal campaign across Iraq and Syria. But much of what we’ve seen of the Islamic State comes filtered through its own well-oiled media machine. Brooke talks with Sebastian Meyer, a photojournalist based in Iraq, about the images the Islamic State wants the public to see.


Sebastian Meyer

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I don't know how many people still learn about Nazi Germany, which since its inception had a Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment headed up by Dr. Joseph Goebbels. That ministry was in charge of all publishing, film (including newsreel), radio, early television, etc., and also controlled media in German-occupied countries. Both in Germany and in occupied countries and territories, it could draw upon the vast resources of German broadcasting, film, camera manufacturers, and manufacturers of both black-and-white and color film in spreading the message--including in color weekly newsreels shown overseas.

This all cost a lot of money and manpower.

ISIS has gone one better by using what should be independent media to show ONLY its message. (Hamas does the same.) It--and Hamas--knows that there is airtime to be filled and a prurient interest on the part of viewers to be slaked.

Aug. 17 2014 11:18 AM

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