Aid Workers, Intelligence Gathering and Media Self-Censorship

McCarthy, Nigel (2000) Aid Workers, Intelligence Gathering and Media Self-Censorship. Australian Studies in Journalism, 9: 30-50.

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Author McCarthy, Nigel
Title Aid Workers, Intelligence Gathering and Media Self-Censorship
Journal name Australian Studies in Journalism
Publication date 2000-01-01
Issue 9
Start page 30
End page 50
Subject 400101 Journalism
Abstract The relationship between aid workers and intelligence gathering in conflict zones and the media response has been highlighted by several recent events in Kosovo, Somalia and East Timor. The over-riding issue is a critical one for journalists; in times of conflict do the principles of balanced reporting suffer to support the 'home' side?
Keyword Balance in reporting
Journalistic bias
Aid workers
War reporting
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