Whose War is it Anyway?
Mick Hume, editor of LM magazine who is currently being sued for libel by ITN , takes up the dangers of the Journalism of Attachment in a new publication Whose War is it Anyway? .
Whose War is it Anyway? is a hard-hitting and scathing critique of the fashionable bias in war reporting. In it, Mick Hume argues:
- The Journalism of Attachment is a menace to good journalism - and to those whose lives it invades.
- The Journalism of Attachment is a kind of Happy News Highlights for the chattering classes.
- There is a clear contradiction between war reporters' formal commitment to the objective reporting of the facts and their moral attachment to the 'higher requirements' of getting the 'right' message across.
- A key role of the Journalism of Attachment is that it acts as a moral mission on behalf of a demoralised Western society.
- The campaigning journalists of yesterday exposed the misdemeanours of their own societies. Today's radical reporters go searching for signs of evil in other people's backyards.
- Martin Bell's 'journalism that cares as well as knows' ends up as 'who cares what we really know, so long as the world knows we care'.
Notes to editors:
- Mick Hume is being sued for libel over the magazine's publication of revelations about ITN's award-winning reports from Bosnian Serb-run camps.
- Whose War is it Anyway? The Dangers of the Journalism of Attachment. 1997. InformInc. Priced £5. ISBN 0 9531320 0 5.
- For further details contact Claire Fox on 0171 278 9908 or see www.informinc.co.uk
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