War and the death of news : reflections of a grade B reporter / Martin Bell.
By: Bell, Martin.Material type: BookPublisher: London, England : Oneworld, 2017Description: 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781786071088; 1786071088.Subject(s): Bell, Martin, 1938- | War correspondents | Journalists -- Biography | Mass media and war | War in mass mediaGenre/Form: Autobiographies.DDC classification: 070.433092
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Martin Bell has served as a corporal in a colonial army, been embedded with British forces, gone on missions with Americans and crossed the Suez Canal with the Israelis. He has kept the company of soldiers, warlords, mercenaries and militias, and even attended one of Idi Amin's weddings. From Vietnam to Yemen, Bell has been in the thick of it, witnessing first-hand the dramatic changes in how wars are fought and reported.
Drawing on his experiences as a journalist and a soldier, the respected former BBC correspondent provides a moving, personal account of war -- its futility and its failures -- and an impassioned take on what we've lost in twenty-first century reporting. The dangers we face today from international terrorism are unprecedented, and TV news, no longer being an eyewitness, censors real world violence and peers across frontiers with the help of unverifiable videos. War and the Death of News is a compelling account of where we have come from and where we now stand, by one of the outstanding TV journalists of our time.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Once a soldier -- Geunyeli -- Undertones of war -- Lessons of Vietnam -- Victor's justice -- The something must be done club -- The violent screen -- Never wrong for long -- The age of the embed -- The language of war -- 'Trust me... I'm a journalist' -- 'Totally unsuited to politics...' -- No man's land -- Terrorism and jihad -- Iraq, the reckoning -- Observations -- Golden rules of TV news -- The death of news.
Martin Bell has stood in war zones as both a soldier and a
journalist. From Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq, he has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes in how conflicts are fought and how they are reported. He has seen the truth degraded in the name of balance and good taste, grief and pain censored so the viewers are not disturbed. In an age of international terror, where journalists themselves have become targets, more and more reports are issued from the sidelines. The dominance of social media has ushered in a post-truth world: Twitter rumours and
unverifiable videos abound, and TV news seeks to entertain
rather than inform. In this compelling account, one of the
outstanding journalists of our time provides a moving, personal account of war and issues, and an impassioned call to put the substance back in our news.