Daniel Bennett


July 1, 2008

War Reporting Links (WRL): War coverage

Here are some War Reporting Links, a ‘new’ ‘feature’ for the blog (hardly ‘new’, and ‘feature’ rather oversells it). I think I’m going to shorten it to WRL because we all know that anything connected to war or the military needs to be shortened to an acronym that nobody else can understand. 1. In fact, […]


June 30, 2008

School exams in Iraq

Iraqi blogs (Last of Iraqis and Healing Iraq) and interestingly a US-funded Arab radio station are reporting news of a shooting at an Iraqi school. They say at least four students were wounded when the guards of Iraq’s Education Minister, Khudhair al-Khuzai, started shooting at them. The incident occurred last Thursday during a routine visit […]


June 27, 2008

Milblogger bites the dust for writing ‘too much unfiltered truth’

LT G, author of Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal, says he will have to stop updating his milblog with immediate effect. In a post entitled ‘Tactical Pause‘, LT G explains that although he ‘committed no OPSEC violations’, ‘extenuating circumstances’ meant a post he wrote on 28 May did not go through the ‘normal vetting channels’. […]


June 26, 2008

Many journalists are now ‘war’ reporters

“Meanwhile, for journalists in many countries, any distinction between peace and wartime reporting has become meaningless. If they’re investigating corruption or powerful vested interests, drug dealing or organised crime, they’re always on the frontline.” Kate Allen, The Director of Amnesty International UK, on the perils of human rights journalism.


June 20, 2008

A view on the security situation in Baghdad

I thought I’d take Arianna Huffington’s advice and point you to someone claiming to be giving the facts on the ground in Iraq. Dr Mohammed blogs at Last of Iraqis. He’s been blogging about his life as a dentist in the Iraqi capital for some time now and has contributed to the BBC’s iPM radio […]


June 19, 2008

Arianna Huffington slams media coverage of war in Iraq

Just back from listening to Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post, at the BBC. In between some interesting comments on the American election and her citizen journalism project, ‘Off the Bus’, she thought she’d spend a bit of time telling assembled journalists how much of a disaster she thinks the Iraq war has […]


June 17, 2008

Bloggers around the world being arrested

More bloggers are being arrested by repressive regimes than ever before according to this article in The Guardian. The report that the article is based on can be found here. It says that collectively bloggers have served 940 months in jail and that ‘China, Egypt and Iran account for more than half of all arrests […]


June 10, 2008

The view from a British soldier in Afghanistan

As I’ve discussed previously finding a British military blogger updating from Afghanistan or Iraq is a difficult task. This is about the best I can find at the moment. Lachlan MacNeil is section commander of Section 1, 2 Platoon, A Company, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He’s currently in Helmand province in Afghanistan fighting the […]


June 5, 2008

Reporter’s Notebook 2

Always test your equipment before leaving base. [video:youtube:Ue1NnjXxzNo]


June 4, 2008

Picture blogging to support the troops

I try to read a fair few blogs so every now and then it’s refreshing not to have to trawl through pages and pages of writing. Military Motivator is one of the blogs I like ‘looking at’ rather than reading. I got in contact with the author of the blog to see how it started. […]


June 2, 2008

Jeremy Bowen to speak on reporting suffering

World Have Your Say, a BBC World Service radio programme, is going to be discussing when and whether a reporter should help the suffering subjects of their news stories. Though not exactly a new topic, the idea for the debate, entitled ‘To report – or to help?’ was sparked by a blog post written by […]


May 24, 2008

Home Front

Today, I came across a blog written by the wife of a member of the Royal Marines. She’s been blogging since 2006. Her husband has already completed one tour of Afghanistan since she started writing and he is due to start another six-month deployment in September. Her blog provides an insight into the ups and […]


May 19, 2008

Iraqi blogger killed in Baghdad

Ahmed, the author of BlogIraq, has been killed in Baghdad. A post written on his blog by a friend, Mohammed Alani, describes how Ahmed was due to meet another man in Mansour District on 11 April. The man was supposed to be giving Ahmed some documents about his investigations into a USAID office in Baghdad. […]


May 13, 2008

Some frontline views from the US milblogs

Here’s a selection of recent posts from the US milblogging community about life on the frontline. 1. Compassion Fatigue – Capt Beau Cleland in Iraq: ‘I’ve come to the conclusion that this place has so much suffering, so many problems, that if I internalize them I’m just going to mess myself up mentally and emotionally.’ […]


May 9, 2008

Is Buzzell going back to blogging?

Colby Buzzell served with the US Infantry in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-4. He’s one of the more successful US milbloggers and in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle he has revealed that he has been called up for a second tour of duty. Back in 2004 Buzzell’s blog, ‘My War: Killing time in […]


May 7, 2008

Everyday life at an Iraqi checkpoint

Recently, the Long War Journal published an interview with ‘General Hamed’, who commands a number of Iraqi policemen in Baghdad. In the interview, General Hamed recognises that the effectiveness of both the Iraqi Army (IA) and the Iraqi Police (IP) are severely undermined by elements who are loyal to militias: “Lately, the government of Iraq […]


May 2, 2008

Reporter’s Notebook 1

Listening to and engaging with your media-savvy audience is a key component of the new journalistic landscape. But remember, you can’t please everybody.


May 1, 2008

Negotiating to stay on the Web: the experience of The Destroyermen

My first post described how an RAF technician in Afghanistan became so concerned about the potential impact of his blog that he decided to close it down. He had been blogging without permission and deleted his blog after senior commanders became aware of its existence. At the end of the post, I posed a question […]


April 30, 2008

Introducing ‘Kaboom: A Soldier’s War Journal’

I mentioned this blog in passing in yesterday’s post. But it deserves a proper mention and I thoroughly recommend it to Frontline readers. Kaboom: A soldier’s war journal is written by ‘LT G’. He’s serving with the US Army in Iraq and is stationed in a place he calls Anu al-Verona. As far as I’m […]


April 29, 2008

RAF technician deletes blog after criticising Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Afghanistan

I used to follow a blog about the life of an RAF technician who services Chinook helicopters. He called himself ‘Sensei Katana’ and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in January. Just over a month later his blog disappeared without warning and now all you see when you visit his website is this. According to the […]