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Sub-contracting newsgathering in Iraq

Pendry, Richard (2011) Sub-contracting newsgathering in Iraq. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 8 (3/4). pp. 14-20. ISSN 1742-0105. (KAR id:63466)


International journalists in an increasing num- ber of areas of conflict have become dependent on locally-hired journalists and fixers to gather news. News professionals are now targeted for kidnap and murder in much of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as Iraq. This paper looks at how Iraqi reporters working for an interna- tional journalist ‘sub-contract’ their newsgath- ering because of risk. It investigates the ethical problems and the advantages of working like this. The article shows how an international editor in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq works with reporters in Falluja and Baghdad on a potentially hazardous story. This work offers a glimpse at the complexities of inter- national and local reporters working together under great pressure. It may be a significant development towards a new way of reporting conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: war reporting, sub-contracting, local journalists, fixers, Iraq
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Richard Pendry
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 12:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
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