This is the John Pilger documentary about accurate reporting about media and journalistic coverage of war. The discusses the horror of war and how it is airbrushed by the media to hide the real horrors of it.
A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?
Programmes about Africa coming thick and fast from the BBC. The latest one is called “An African Journey” – hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. He goes on at odyssey of sorts from Bamako, Mali, to Ghana, then to Lagos in Nigeria.
The BBC’s blurb says that “In Lagos, Nigeria’s business capital, Jonathan Dimbleby sees a different take on a city that is often depicted as a hotbed of violence, crime and corruption. He is taken on a private jet by Africa’s richest man, then savours the creative talents of two of African music’s rising stars who are helping to cement Lagos’s place as the continent’s cultural hub.”
Full programme above, and clips below.
After the “Welcome to Lagos” fiasco, the BBC is running aoother programme tonight at 22:00 (GMT) on BBC4. The BBC says it will be a “film about elite young Nigerians returning to a burgeoning media world in Lagos”.
A link to watch the programme will be posted on here asap after the broadcast.