Publication Date: December 2017
Research and Editorial Team: Maria Armoudian

The book "Reporting from the Danger Zone" explores the complications faced by frontline journalists who cover war zones, hotspots, and other hazardous situations, showing how journalists deal with them in order to maintain their own safety and wellbeing. 

Based on 32 interviews, the book compares past and present danger-zone reporting as well as local and foreign coverage, reflecting on the ways the job is changing. 

Author Maria Armoudian remarks that journalism must be ethical in order to counter extremist messages. Proper investigation of Afghanistan during the nineties would have better informed decision-makers and helped policymakers prevent misinformed, deadly errors. As Pulitzer laureate and journalist Roy Gutman argues: “Nobody knew what had happened prior to 9/11. Nobody had the narrative”, and the same mistake is probably being made in Syria today.

Maria Armoudian is a politics lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, who previously published: “Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World” (2011). 

Tags: Ethics of journalism Safety of journalists War reporting

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