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Journalism of Attachment
Journalism of attachment

An approach to reporting, born of the war in former Yugoslavia, which argues that journalists should record the human and emotional costs of war rather than acting as ‘transmission vehicles’ for governmental or military sources (Bell, 1996). The journalism of attachment argues that ‘reporters cannot remain detached or neutral in the face of modern evils like genocide in Bosnia or Rwanda, but must side with the victims and demand that something-must-be-done’ (Hume, 1997: 4). This mantle has been taken up by various reporters – Martin Bell who coined the term (1998), Ed Vulliamy Maggie O'Kane, Jonathan Steele in the UK, Roy Gutman in the USA – and is summarized impeccably by Christiane Amanpour of CNN:

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