Military operations and media coverage : the interplay of law and legitimacy
Laurie R. Blank
Routledge handbook of military ethics
London ; New York : Routledge, 2015
Bibliographie : p. 366-367
On November 14, 1854, William Howard Russell filed the first war report from the front lines of conflict, an account of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War of 1854–1856. Filed by telegraph, Russell’s dispatches “brought the war home to readers . . . [writing] with clarity and vitality about the grandeur and the horror of battle.” Over a century and a half later, media coverage of military operations not only informs the public about the events of conflicts near and far, but also plays a significant role in the determinations and perceptions of the success, legitimacy, and lawfulness of military operations. Understanding this interplay between media coverage, demands for information and transparency, law, and legitimacy is therefore essential to any training for and implementation of military interaction with the media, as well as to the planning and execution of successful military operations.