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Daniel Halliday
Jul 2 · Last update 13 days ago.
Why is the War in Yemen so under reported in the mainstream media?
The civil war in Yemen has a death toll amounting to 8-13,000 casualties, and has displaced over three million people since 2015. For such terrible circumstances, why has there been relatively little media coverage?
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The media in many countries has actively played down their countries role in Yemen’s civil war
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The Media is a profit making organisation
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The number of casualties of the civil war in Syria far outstretches that of Yemen
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The media in many countries has actively played down their countries role in Yemen’s civil war

As the civil war now features a Saudi-lead coalition funded by governments such as the US and the UK, coverage in these regions has been scant. This coalitions tactics of large scale indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas is arguably worse than what have been seen in Syria or Iraq. At such a touch and go time where trust in the government is low in both Trump-era America and Brexit-era Britain, anything that could possibly cause the reader to question their countries relationship to a close ally could be seen as disastrous.

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The Media is a profit making organisation

To make profit from news, mainstream new corporations have to somewhat sensationalise stories in order to engage possible buyers (customers/readers/viewers). This is especially apparent now in the age of the internet, where people are buying less newsprint, and news companies are vying for clicks in a much larger market. Clickbait journalism and sensationalism, and sometimes fake news is being thrown around. Rather than meaningful journalism.

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The number of casualties of the civil war in Syria far outstretches that of Yemen

There has been somewhat limited coverage of Yemen’s latest civil war in the mainstream media. But the war in Syria has further reaching implications especially regarding the issue of immigration of asylum seekers into the Euro-zone. The situation is Syria has been further complicated by the presence of ISIS and has lead more international parties to become involved in the war. Therefore International news coverage has dedicated more time to it.

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