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Martin Bell at Imperial War Museum North

Journalism and war debated, discussed, explained 27 June

Published on June 16th 2011.

Martin Bell at Imperial War Museum North

ON 27 JUNE Martin Bell will talk to an audience about ‘The Death of News’.

Bell will discuss the changes in warfare, and the increase in civilian injuries, which include journalists who are now in more danger.

Coinciding with the new exhibition ‘War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914’, the talk looks at the history of war reporting from around the globe, and how this has changed over time.

Iwm_2011_32_197[1]Martin BellMartin Bell OBE, former BBC foreign affairs correspondent and previous Tatton MP, has over fifty years reporting experience – he has covered eighteen conflicts in over 100 countries. Before he became a reporter he fought as a soldier in Cyprus. He has reported from Vietnam in the 1960s, and has covered wars in the Middle East, Nigeria, Angola and Rwanda, as well as the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

Martin says that, “Journalists are no longer peripheral observers but influential players in the theatre of war; they are exposed to dangers of a kind not encountered by any of the Great War reporters (of the past)...”

In the talk, Martin Bell will discuss early war reporting, including that of William Howard Russell during the Crimean War, before concluding with Bell’s experiences as a war correspondent in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He will focus on how the challenges for war reporters have changed but also how some things remain the same.

The main focus of the talk will be about how war reporting changed after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001. Bell will discuss the changes in warfare, and the increase in civilian injuries, which include journalists who are now in more danger.

Martin Bell will also talk about rooftop journalism, celebrity reporting, censorship, embedding and how changes in technology are impacting war reporting.

These themes are also explored in the exhibition ‘War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914’. This is the UK’s first major exhibition about British war correspondents, and reveals the people behind the news. The exhibition will show many historic items from household reporters on display for the first time.

Entry is free to ‘the War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914’ exhibition, and it continues until 2 January 2012.

Martin Bell’s talk ‘The Death of News’ is on 27 June at 6pm. Tickets are available via www.quaytickets.com or 0843 208 0500  

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