ERIC Number: ED246470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
War Coverage: The Case of the Falklands.
The Falkland-Malvinas conflict is a classic example of how a government can manage news in wartime. The rules of the game as evinced by the British government and Ministry of Defense were simple and effective. They controlled access to the fighting, controlled all communications facilities, excluded all neutral correspondents and carefully screened their own, banned or delayed pictorial coverage and live TV, and censored and checked all the material that reporters gathered. In addition, they delayed or suppressed "dangerous news," released bad news in small portions to reduce its impact, played favoritism in rewarding patriotic reporters, and used "technical reasons" as an excuse in many circumstances. By following these procedures, the government gave the impression that the press was allowed to do its job, and at the same time controlled effectively the flow of information. Journalists were allowed to accompany the task force and to file regularly to their news organizations. At the same time, they were wrapped in a net of subtle restrictions that let them work only to the extent desired by the Ministry of Defense. (CRH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Falkland Islands; United Kingdom (Great Britain)