Challenges of Journalism in War

The role of journalism in reporting and solving conflicts cannot be underestimated. The world relies on the reporting of journalists to get an accurate account of the happenings during war. Usually, journalists can uncover aspects such as human rights abuse and quash propaganda reports during and after a war (Knightley 2002). However, the role of journalism at such times faces numerous challenges because of the complexity of the war. Journalists commit a large chunk of their time to the coverage of war and other conflicts endangering their lives in the process. Some of the challenges facing journalists revolve around their lives while others have to do with the technicality of war reporting. Regardless, challenges abound, and war reporting is one of the best yardsticks to measure journalists’ weaknesses and strengths. The LTTE War provides a revelation of the types of challenges that journalists face in covering conflicts.

Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by journalists has to do with the deliberate attempts by warring parties to mislead the public (Zavaritt 2006). The opposing sides in war give conflicting information regarding the progression of the conflict. Ideally, the goal of each of these warring parties is to depict the enemy as weak and worthy of the attack. In this regard, the participating parties aim to influence public support and aim at sending their own accounts of the war to their advantage. In the LTTE War, the Sri Lankan government faced an insurgency from a group that advocated for the creation of an independent state in the North (Aryasinha 2001). The conflict culminated in a civil war tha

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