Killing The Messenger: Journalists At Risk In Modern Warfare

Hardcover | March 31, 2006

byHerbert N. Foerstel

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Killing the Messenger reveals the dangerous new face of war and journalism. Covering armed conflicts has always been dangerous business, but in the past, press heroes like Ernie Pyle and Edward R. Murrow faced only the danger of random bullets or bombs. Today's war correspondent is actually in the cross hairs, a target of combatants on all sides of conflicts. In this book, correspondents describe the new dangers they face, and attempt to explain why they are targeted. Is it simply that modern combatants are more brutal than in the past, or has journalism changed, making correspondents players, rather than observers, in modern warfare? Extended interviews with correspondents who have been abducted and tortured during Middle East conflicts shed chilling light on this new face of war. These journalists, who have paid dearly to bring first-hand images of war to the public, offer some surprising insights into the nature and motivation of their kidnappers, and the reasons why reporters are targeted. They display no self-pity and little inclination to blame anyone other than themselves. At the same time, they are candid in describing the violence within Iraq and without. Ways to reduce the risks for reporters are discussed, but these editors and correspondents suggest that, short of withdrawing into isolated and protected enclaves, they may be facing an indefinite escalation of violence against journalists.

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Killing the Messenger reveals the dangerous new face of war and journalism. Covering armed conflicts has always been dangerous business, but in the past, press heroes like Ernie Pyle and Edward R. Murrow faced only the danger of random bullets or bombs. Today's war correspondent is actually in the cross hairs, a target of combatants on...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:161 pages, 9.56 × 6.34 × 0.76 inPublished:March 31, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275987868

ISBN - 13:9780275987862

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?Foerstel here brings home the dangers facing today's war correspondents. After a retrospective chapter that covers seminal war correspondents who served from the American Civil War through most of the 20th century, he focuses on recent conflicts, including the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s and 1980s and today's Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Foerstel mixes the words of former hostages, current war correspondents, and authors, among others, to convey how truly life-threatening war reporting has become. Including narratives from, and his own interviews with, such former hostages as Terry Anderson, kidnapped in Lebanon in 1985 and held for over six years, the book is a highly credible and engaging read. Foerstel's general conclusion is that the current lack of security in Iraq makes it difficult for reporting (with the exception of secured portions of Baghdad) and that there is only so much that reporters can do to decrease their risk of harm. The Iraq conflict also stands out for its high degree of brutality, with journalists purposely chosen as targets so that kidnappers can get messages across most fully from the reporting of fellow journalists. Suitable for academic libraries, especially those with substantial collections in journalism, communications, or military affairs.??Library Journal