Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Odd sort of criticism

Robert Fox has an article up about the Falklands today. Without wanting to get too much into the meat of article, which is about war reporting and embedded journalists, this comment surprised me somewhat.

The taskforce sailed in April 1982 with a band of 34 correspondents, cameramen and photographers. All were white, male, and carried UK passports. They were accredited with documents issued for the second world war and rules of conduct printed in English and Arabic for the Suez crisis of 1956. There was nobody from Europe, the US, or the Commonwealth - let alone anyone from Latin America.

Is he suggesting that the Royal Navy should have given sea room to Argentine journalists? Or what else is he suggesting. The Navy offered searoom to 30 odd journos, and taking any more would have meant leaving soldiers behind to make space. Since the Argentines wren't letting neutral journos into Port Stanley either, and there was no other way to get there, the number of journalists was by definition limited. They chose reporters from most of the wings of the British media. And the problem with this is? Rather weird.


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