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5 Making a Case

Peter, Ada and Chiluwa, Innocent (2022) 5 Making a Case. Discourse, Media, and Conflict: Examining War and Resolution in the News.

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The first Libyan demonstration occurred on February 15, 2011. By the same day, there were media reports that civilians were in imminent danger of being killed by the Libyan army. The United Kingdom (UK), France, and Lebanon proposed “Resolution 1973,” which was subsequently adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on March 17, 2011. They achieved the proceeding by invoking the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P)–a doctrine that postulates that sovereignty is not absolute. Thus, the committee of nations led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) validated the war in Libya–allegedly publicizing and citing “humanitarianism” to overlook Libya’s sovereignty. The action and inaction of NATO based on Resolution 1973 was criticized as loosely worded, verbose, and hastily proposed under the guise of taking “all necessary measures” towards protecting Libyan lives. However, suspicions grew over NATO’s silence on the part of Resolution 1973 that provided for mediation and calls for a ceasefire. That is the part of the resolution that asserts that before considering the adoption of the R2P doctrine amongst warring factions (rebel groups and constituted Libyan army) within sovereign states like Libya, mediation and ceasefire options must have been exhausted. Hence, Hugh Roberts argues that a sober understanding of the Libyan intervention will only come to light through future work on those (which may include but are not limited to the international media) that manipulated the information (Roberts 2011, 8). In a similar argument, Maximilian Forte indicted Western powers of using media as a propaganda too

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2023 14:17
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 14:17

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