Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  

US academician defends embedded journalism

American journalists were free to gather and write news during the Iraq war although they were embedded with the US-led joint forces, said US Professor Janet E Steele at a discussion in the city yesterday.

"I do not think embedded journalism tarnished the image of journalism, rather the way the reporters organised the stories can be criticised," said Janet, an associate professor of School of Media and Public Affairs of George Washington University.

The discussion on 'Embedded Journalism in the Context of Iraq war' was organised by the Press Institute of Bangladesh at its auditorium.

Defending embedded journalism, she said, "It is not the fault of government or military, rather it was the fault of the journalists who covered it."

She claimed that the torture on the prisoners Abu Ghraib prison by the US soldiers was revealed as the journalists got the information from some military persons.

Janet said there is a misconception about embedded journalism, a term used for the first time during Iraq war in 2003.

"I think embedded journalism is probably better than other alternative. The people in the US were interested to know what the US troops were doing in Iraq. So without being embedded with the troops, it was difficult to gather news," she opined.