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War Correspondents

Luckhurst, Tim (2016) War Correspondents. In: Daniel, Ute and Gatrell, Peter and Janz, Oliver and Jones, Heather and Keene, Jennifer and Kramer, Alan and Nasson, Bill, eds. 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Freie Universitat Berlin, pp. 1-22. (doi:10.15463/ie1418.10862) (KAR id:54495)

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At its outbreak, newspapers in the Allied and neutral democracies hoped to present vivid descriptions of the First World War. They were soon frustrated. Censorship obstructed the

adventurous style of war reporting to which readers had grown accustomed. Belligerent governments wanted journalists to encourage enlistment and maintain home front morale.

Many newspapers in Britain, France and America were content to behave as patriotic propagandists. All were constrained by rules and circumstances. War correspondents

downplayed misery and extolled victory. Soldiers found their behavior hard to forgive. War reporting promoted the belief that newspapers could not be trusted to tell the truth.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.15463/ie1418.10862
Uncontrolled keywords: Correspondents, Western Front, Censorship, Self-Censorship, Propaganda
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
E History America
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Tim Luckhurst
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 14:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:33 UTC
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