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Journalists and the ‘War on Terror’
Journalists and the ‘war on terror’

Journalists find themselves in an uncomfortable position when it comes to reporting war. Burdened with the responsibility of holding generals and politicians to account in their pursuit of military objectives, journalists all too often find themselves caught between the duty to report and reflect on what they see on the battlefield and the obligation to appease not just the powerful in government and the military, but indeed their own bosses and editors. They are caught between obeying a professional ‘truth-seeking’ code and a more immediate duty to provide copy that sells; they are stranded between providing what official figures decide as what the public ‘needs to know’ and what, according to the journalist's own ...

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