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War, Lies & Videotape

This is a documentary from around 2004-5, part of the Reporters at War series which looks at how reporters have been able to report during wartime from WWII to present.

Interestingly enough General Eisenhower more or less gave carte blanche to reporters to report what they saw, even when it might have been dangerous to the Allied forces.

The same situation more or less prevailed during the Vietnam war, but the graphic reporting on that war, was identified by many in government as a main reason the war was lost.

After that came a period of much closer control, during the Falklands war, the invasion of Grenada and the first Iraq war amongst others, where reporters were misinformed and censored.

The second Iraq war saw a different strategy of embedding journalists with the troops, and giving daily and highly organised briefings to the press.

The film closes with the new era of reporting beginning with Al Jazeera, and different perspectives on war reporting.

The main focus is on the reporters experience themselves, and there is a very moving conclusion where they admit they cannot report the full horror of war because it is far worse that would be acceptable. 

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