'Tumber and Palmer have provided an invaluable review of how journalists covered and reported the Iraq war and its aftermath. Their exhaustive research has resulted in an impressive analysis that makes this book essential reading' - John Owen, Executive Producer of News Xchange and Visiting Professor of Journalism, City University 'This is a meticulously researched book that lays bare the way the war was reported. Decide for yourself whether the media 'embeds' - of whom I was one - were the world's eyes and ears inside the military, or merely the puppets of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence in London' - Ben Brown, BBC 'Media at War offers insights into the ways in which media at war inevitably become participants in both the military and the political wars' - Professor Michael Gurevitch, University of Maryland International media coverage of the war in Iraq provoked public scrutiny as well debate amongst journalists themselves. Media at War offers a critical overview of the coverage in the context of other preceding wars, including the first Gulf War, and opens up the debate on the key questions that emerged during the crisis. For example, - What did we actually gain from 'live, on the spot' reporting? - Were journalists adequately trained and protected? - How compromised were the so-called 'embedded' journalists? Tumber and Palmer's analysis covers both the pre-war and post war phase, as well as public reaction to these events, and as such provides an invaluable framework for understanding how the media and news organisations operated during the Iraq Crisis.
Chapter 3: The Safety of Journalists
The Safety of Journalists
Gulf War II was a critical one for the safety of journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 17 journalists were killed or died covering the war in Iraq. Media personnel have also been amongst the casualties during the post-invasion phase and as of October 2003 the number killed has reached 20. The high death toll has led to concerns that Gulf War II could spell the end of the independent witnessing of war. ‘The unexplained killings of seven journalists by coalition forces in four separate incidents in Basra and Baghdad provoked unprecedented outrage among journalists around the world’ (IFJ, 2003b: 1). The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) was very critical of a military and political ...