The death of news

Bell, Martin (2008) The death of news. Media, War and Conflict, 1 (2). pp. 221-231. ISSN 1750-6352

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Abstract

Martin Bell argues that war reporting as it has been practised from the time of William Howard Russell in the Crimea is no longer possible. He describes this commentary as its obituary. Twenty-first century warfare as conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan offers no foothold for independent and free-ranging journalism. Reporters are driven back into green zones and fortified compounds where they no longer have a function as eyewitnesses. Embedded reporting is so limited in scope that it serves as little more than a recruiting movie. Wars which are fought among the people are no longer reported from among the people. The news agenda has also retreated from the real world into a comfort zone of its own. A cloud of obscurity has settled over the battlefield. Copyright © 2008 SAGE.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:54
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 16:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18835
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