War Reporters Under Threat describes the threat of violence facing war reporters from the United States government and some of its closest allies.
Chris Paterson argues that what should have been the lesson for the press following the invasion of Iraq - that they will be treated instrumentally by the US government - has been mostly ignored. As a result, even nominally democratic states cannot be counted upon to protect journalists in conflict, and urgent reform of legal protections for journalists is required.
War Reporters Under Threat combines critical scholarship with original investigation to assess the impact of the US governments obsession with information control and protection of its own troops. While the press-military relationship has been well researched, this book is the first to elaborate the US government threat to journalists, a threat usually dismissed by the global journalism industry.
Reporters Under Threat reminds us journalists always to ask the question: 'Are we mere messengers and voyeurs of war, or is the message we carry so valuable to the world beyond that it's worth the risk? -- John Pilger In the shadow of 9/11 Paterson accuses the United States -- "a superpower drunk with power" -- of acting with impunity in its targeting and killing of journalists and media workers. He provides a painstaking, thoughtful and ultimately damning case to answer over military adventures that have played fast and loose with international law and shown reckless disregard for media lives. -- Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network and former Director General of the International Federation of Journalists
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 10th June 2014
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45