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Should journalist be embedded in war?

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Ashlyn Mack

on 25 November 2013

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Transcript of Should journalist be embedded in war?

Should journalist be embedded in war?
Yes, journalists should be in the war front
I. To inform U.S citizens about what is going on overseas.
Documented official death tolls
Photos, film footage, and written accounts

II. Profit
Newspapers, TV ratings, magazines and social media sites increase

III. Benefits to reporters/ Conditions

• Higher Salary
• Direct access to troops (interviewing)
• Promise of instant medical care if required
• Legendary

No, journalists should not be embedded in war
I. Too dangerous
Journalists don't have weapons or combat skills
30 journalists killed in Iraq War from 2003-2011

II. Bias
Can't report troop movements and activities before they happened
Have to report from the Army's point of view
Marie Colvin

In 1999 in East Timor, she was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children from a compound in Indionesia

She won the International Women's Media Foundation award for Courage in Journalism.

She wrote and produced documentaries, including Arafat: Behind the Myth for the BBC. She is featured in the 2005 documentary film Bearing Witness.
By: Ashlyn Mack, Serena Cooper, Demarcus Taylor, Devon Condrey
At the start of the war in March 2003, as many as 775 reporters and photographers were traveling as embedded journalists.

These reporters signed contracts with the military promising not to report information that could compromise unit position, future missions, classified weapons, and information they might find.

What is embedded journalism?
Embedded journalism

refers to news reporters being attached to military units involved in armed conflicts.

Colvin lost the sight in her left eye due to a blast by a Sri Lankan Army rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)

Colvin later suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and required hospitalization following her injuries.

Marie Colvin was killed by an "improvised explosive device" filled with nails planted by terrorists.

Pro-war propaganda?
Using selective stories
Partial facts
Demonizing the “enemy”

"Journalists can go, we have not debarred them, but they must be fully aware of and accept the risk to their lives".
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