Monday, May 29, 2006

  • Ex-British Navy Spokesperson Steve Tatham on "Losing Arab Hearts and Minds: The Coalition, Al Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion"


    From November 2002 to May 2003, British Lieutenant Commander Steve Tatham was the head of the British Royal Navy’s Media Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. He served as the British Navy’s spokesperson in the critical months leading up to, during and after the launch of the Iraq invasion. He was responsible for war correspondents embedded with British troops and for responding to the flood of media inquiries during the invasion. He worked alongside U.S. military planners in the Gulf, coordinating the huge media campaign that foreshadowed and accompanied the Iraq war.

    Steve Tatham has written a book–published in the US this month–called "Losing Arab Hearts and Minds: The Coalition, Al Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion." In it, he exposes the US military’s handling of the Arab media and its treatment of journalists from the Arab world, in particular from Al-Jazeera. He says the US military ignored the Arab media and demonized them through repeated accusations of anti-Western bias.

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