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Reporting War and Conflict

Tom Sutcliffe discusses journalism with Patrick Cockburn, Ece Temelkuran, Seymour Hersh and Charlie Beckett.

On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe discusses the writing of war and conflict. The journalist Patrick Cockburn looks back at his years covering crises in the Middle East, especially the rise of the so-called Islamic state. The Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran looks at the difficulty of reporting in a country where press freedoms are severely curtailed and asks whether fiction and poetry are a way of telling a more truthful story. The legendary American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh first gained recognition in the 1960s for exposing the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War and has spent his career uncovering wrong-doing at the highest level. But reporting is changing and the academic Charlie Beckett celebrates the rise of citizen journalism.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 18 Apr 2016 21:30

Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is Middle East correspondent for The Independent.

Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East is published by OR Books.

Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran is a journalist and political commentator.

Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy will be published by Zed Books on 15 September.

Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

The Killing of Osama bin Laden is published by Verso.

Charlie Beckett

Charlie Beckett is a journalist and a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics.


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Patrick Cockburn
Interviewed Guest Ece Temelkuran
Interviewed Guest Seymour Hersh
Interviewed Guest Charlie Beckett
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 18 Apr 2016 09:00
  • Mon 18 Apr 2016 21:30