Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Massacre of Sabra and Shatila as Covered in the New York Times and Globe and Mail in 1982
by Batruni, Catherine, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2011, 116; 10305871
Abstract (Summary)

In 1982 Lebanon was in the middle of its fierce civil war, which had begun in 1975 and would not conclude till 1990. One of the key events from the year 1982 of the Lebanese civil war is the massacre that took place at the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila at the outskirts of Beirut. Rightwing Christian Lebanese militiamen massacred camp residents over three days, from the evening of 16 September 1982 till the afternoon of 18 September 1982. This massacre was carried out in the presence of Israeli forces, who were occupying West Beirut at the time. In this study, I first set out to discover exactly what happened during those infamous three days. Next, after establishing the facts of the matter, I compared how two different newspapers covered this event from September 1982 until December 1982. The first newspaper is the New York Times, the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States. The second newspaper is the Globe and Mail, which is based in Toronto and is the second largest national newspaper in Canada. Finally, I demonstrate that neither newspaper adequately covered the massacre.

Keywords: Lebanese Civil War, Palestine Liberation Organization, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Phalange, Israel, Lebanon, massacres

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rahnema, Ali
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Globe and Mail, Israel, Lebanese Civil War, Lebanon, Massacre of Sabra and Shatila, Massacres, New York Times, Palestine Liberation Organization, Phalange
Publication Number: 10305871
ISBN: 978-1-369-49435-8
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