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040303** Yvonne Ridley - Media, Lies and War

Truth, it has been said, is always the first casualty of war. However, Yvonne Ridley argues that in the most recent war in the Middle East, truth was in intensive care long before the first shots were fired or the first bombs dropped. When it comes to fighting war, the US is the leader in co-opted and cooperative media. The lessons learnt from the Vietnam war have ensured that if the media want to get good copy in their coverage other wars they either play the game the administration's way or risk being exposed to attack. We will never know the truth about how embedded the media was in the latest Imperial war.

Yvonne Ridley has been a journalist for almost 30 years. She has worked for the News of the World, the Daily Mirror, The Sunday Times, The Observer and The Independent. In September 2001 she was captured by the Taliban for illegally entering Afghanistan. Held for ten days she was released unharmed and expelled from the country. However, she was to discover that Western intelligence agencies were hoping she would be killed in order to bolster their arguments for their intended war in that country. Yvonne Ridley wrote of her experience in In the Hands of the Taliban. Ms. Ridley now works as an independent, un-embedded journalist. She recently published Ticket to Paradise. She spoke at the Berwick Campus of Monash University on March 12th 2004.

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