How many times do we ‘kill’ our casualties in Afghanistan? Last Friday, the 100th British soldier this year from the Helmand theatre of war was buried with full military honours at St Mary’s Lowe House Church in St Helens, Merseyside.
Christopher Davies was a 22-year-old Irish Guardsman killed in a Taliban ambush in Helmand Province on 17 November.
He’s now a poignant statistic in the increasingly unpopular Western war against the Taliban insurgency. Yet his death – and that of fellow soldiers – may be reported up to five separate times each, leading to public perceptions of the casualty list being bigger than the reality thanks to the ‘media multiplication effect’. Writes John Mair…
THE SO-CALLED ‘forgotten’ war was the subject of a conference at Coventry University, where reporters and hackademics discussed whether journalists are embedding the truth about the conflict in Afghanistan. Writes Radina Choleva Continue reading
THIS HARROWING sentiment was said by Vaughan Smith during the Afghanistan conference – ‘Are we embedding the truth?’ held at Coventry University earlier this week, in one of many speeches held by numerous high profile speakers across the industry. Writes Robert Williams
ON THURSDAY some of the biggest names in journalism will be descending on Coventry University to discuss the issues surrounding coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan. Now the speakers’ have been confirmed, the BBC will be streaming the event live and the stage is set to begin questioning the British media and their coverage of the Afghan conflict. Continue reading
THE FIRST Coventry World Video Conference last October on ‘Is World Journalism in Crisis?’ was a success.
This will be followed up on Thursday March 18th by a second- AFGHANISTAN; ARE WE EMBEDDING THE TRUTH? produced in conjunction with the BBC College Of Journalism and journalism.co.uk. It will ask basic and searching questions about the British media and their coverage of the Afghan conflict with the help of: Continue reading