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British News Media and the Spanish Civil WarTomorrow May Be Too Late$
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David Deacon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627486

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.001.0001

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Eyewitnesses and ‘I’ Witnesses – Journalists in Spain

Eyewitnesses and ‘I’ Witnesses – Journalists in Spain

(p.45) 3 Eyewitnesses and ‘I’ Witnesses – Journalists in Spain
British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

David Deacon

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the attitudes, actions, and experiences of the foreign correspondents that covered the war directly. It starts by exploring the configuration of the news net in Spain during the conflict. The news net that was quickly improvised to cover the Spanish Civil War was an amalgamation of freelancers, stringers, special correspondents, and staff reporters. Journalists often struggle to determine where their professional obligations end and their patriotic duties begin. The greatest tensions between professionalism and propaganda in war reporting tend to occur in those conflicts where serious national interests are at stake but not matters of national survival. Furthermore, the dichotomy is explained to distinguish between journalists who acted as ‘propagandists’, ‘partisans’, ‘sympathisers’, and ‘agnostics’ in the Spanish war. The Spanish Civil War generated some magnificent coverage, written by some iconic figures, but there were also structural failings.

Keywords:   foreign correspondents, Spanish Civil War, Spain, professionalism, propaganda, partisans, sympathisers, agnostics

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