It is seen as a glamourous branch of journalism which has drawn the most famous writers and politicians – Arthur Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Edgar Rice Burroughs – but war reporting is also the most lethal for its practitioners, given they face a situation where their very lives are on the line.
What draws journalists to covering conflict, which has claimed lives of over 1,000 of their ilk, and what myths have arisen about it was the focus of a session titled ‘The Frontline Club’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival here on Friday.
British journalist Christina Lamb, who has extensive experience of covering Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 1980s, said journalists have now also become targets, and despite being better placed as far as logistics and access are concerned, the danger they face has grown manifold.
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Source Credits: Vikas Datta in IANS