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Casualties of war

The human aspect

This chapter discusses the broadcasters’ coverage of victims and highlights how compassion as a news value adds to and maintains the newsworthiness of conflict reporting. It examines two different forms of victimhood: large numbers of foreign people involved in the humanitarian crisis in Gaza; and sudden and unexpected kidnappings of individuals from the same nation as two of the broadcasters. These two types of victimhood generate different forms of compassion by the broadcasters as they discuss the suffering self and the suffering other.