Chapter

Witnesses

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634460.003.0006
Witnesses

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This chapter describes the representation of the journalist as witness to events. The witness may be in possession of information which can threaten others. The role of the foreign correspondent in time of war is difficult and potentially dangerous. Journalists became the ‘soldiers of the press’ in the great war effort. Salvador reports the story of a Gonzo-esque figure with a chaotic personal life and a fondness for substance abuse, who travels to Central America in search of a story he can sell to make some money. Welcome To Sarajevo is a cinematic howl of rage at the horrors of the wars in former Yugoslavia. A Mighty Heart is a film which best captures the new status of the journalist-as-target. As it is shown, the extension of objectivity and balance to Islamic fascism is no more appropriate or practical than it would have been to the Nazis.

Keywords: witness; journalist; foreign correspondent; Salvador; Welcome To Sarajevo; A Mighty Heart; war

Chapter.  8096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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