‘Afghanistan; Are we embedding the truth?’ Confirms Speakers

ON THURSDAY some of the biggest names in journalism will be descending on Coventry University to discuss the issues surrounding coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan. Now the speakers’ have been confirmed, the BBC will be streaming the event live and the stage is set to begin questioning the British media and their coverage of the Afghan conflict.

Kevin Marsh, the editor of the BBC College of Journalism and former editor of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, will be chairing his second Coventry University global video conference, asking some of the biggest questions in international journalism. Speakers at the event will include the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus, Jonathan Baker deputy head of news-gathering at the BBC and Sky News Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay.

Also speaking at the conference will be Vaughan Smith, a news pioneer and independent video journalist who ran freelance news agency Frontline News TV and Hanan Habibzai, a broadcaster and print journalist with more than nine years experience of investigative reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Some of the more pointed exchanges are likely to involve Brigadier Mark  van der Lande who is currently Head of Defence PR and has a long history in the British military having been to Afghanistan as Chief of Staff of the Office of Security Cooperation after promotion to Colonel in 2005.

The conference will also feature speakers from the academic world of journalism; Tim Lockhurst, founder of the University of Kent’s centre for journalism, Professor Alpaslan Özerdem who until recently was at the University of York working in the areas of post-conflict recovery and politics of humanitarianism, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Global Media/Communication at Coventry University Dr Fred Mudhai and from Lincoln University,  hackademic Professor Richard Keeble.

Thursday 18TH March 1.00-4.30, Humber Theatre (centre of university campus) Entry is FREE and open to all. The event will be streamed live at bbc.co.uk/journalism.

For more information contact: johnmair100@hotmail.com/07785 378156

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