What is the role of the war reporter today? Through interviews with prominent war and foreign correspondents such as John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Mary Dejevsky and Alex Thomson The War Correspondent delves into the most dangerous form of journalism.
From Crimea to Vietnam, the Falklands to the Gulf and Afghanistan, Iraq and the War on Terror, the books examines the attractions and risks of war reporting; the challenge of objectivity and impartiality in the war zone; the danger that journalistic independence is compromised by military control, censorship and public relations; as well as the commercial and technological pressures of an intensely concentrated, competitive news media environment.
As history and ideology return to the reporting of international conflict, Greg McLaughlin asks what will that mean for a new generation of war correspondents, attuned not to history or ideology but to the politics of the next conflict.
Greg McLaughlin is an Associate of the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University and an Affiliate Member of the International Press Institute in Vienna. He is the author of The War Correspondent (Pluto, 2nd edition; 2016). He is the co-author of The Propaganda of Peace: The Role of Media and Culture in the Northern Ireland Peace Process (2010) and The British Media and Bloody Sunday (2015) which was shortlisted for the McGannon Book Award 2015.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction PART I: THE WAR CORRESPONDENT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 2. The War Correspondent: Risk, Motivation and Tradition 3. Journalism, Objectivity and War 4. From Luckless Tribe to Wireless Tribe: the Impact of Media Technology on War Reporting PART II: THE WAR CORRESPONDENT AND THE MILITARY 5. Getting to Know Each Other: From Crimea to Vietnam 6. Learning and Forgetting: From the Falklands to the Gulf 7. Goodbye Vietnam Syndrome: The Embed System in Afghanistan and Iraq PART III: THE WAR CORRESPONDENT AND IDEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS 8. Reporting the Cold War and New World Order 9. Reporting the `War On Terror' and the Return of the Evil Empire 10. Conclusions: `Telling Truth To Power' - the Ultimate Role of the War Correspondent? Appendices Notes Bibliography Index