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Rethinking Media in Conflict Zones
How can journalists minimize safety risks whilst reporting on conflicts?

Elmi, Hamid

Publisher:  Asia Media Summit, Macau, China
Pages:  8pp  
Resource Type:  Article

Conflicts and wars are the everyday stuff of national, regional and world news. They are likely to intensify and give birth to permutations that make media coverage and analysis more difficult and complex. Journalists face professional and ethical issues as they seek out and interpret the political, economic and social environment in the throes of crisis. To what extent are they reporting the truth or half-truths? Are they concerned more with finding sob stories, grabbing headlines, than with atrocities and with correcting their mistakes? Are armed conflicts the new source of entertainment? Is it really as bad as the media make it out to be? How can journalists minimize safety risks in reporting conflicts and wars?


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