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November 1, 2011

A strange animal

Iraq has been the most deadly conflict for journalists ever. Between the American invasion in 2003 and the withdrawal of American forces, 230 journalists and media workers were killed. Unlike in previous conflicts, they have become targets for kidnap and murder.

For a time during the most dangerous period, international journalists stopped going out onto the streets entirely. Reporter Robert Fisk called it ‘hotel journalism’.

Iraq is somewhat safer than it was, but remains very dangerous for reporters. As a consequence, international journalists in an increasing number of areas of conflict have become dependent on locally-hired journalists and fixers to gather news.

This film looks at the way reporters call ’sub-contract’ stories because of risk. We follow reporters in Falluja and Baghdad as they work. And a student blogger in the Kurdish controlled area in the north is killed after writing about corruption in the ruling party.

Please watch the film here:

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