Lessons the Media Can Learn From Covering the War in Iraq

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been just as costly for the news media as they have been for the military.

According to the International News Safety Institute, 255 journalists have been killed in the Iraq war so far, more than in any previous conflict covering a war that has now lasted longer than both world wars and severely stretched the budgets of news organizations as they have sought to provide protection for their staff.

With the prospect of a long conflict ahead in Afghanistan, ABC’s London buro chief, Marcus Wilford looks at some of the lessons the news media can draw from their experience of covering Iraq and asks if they can apply them to covering other complex and dangerous regional wars.


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