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The need to ‘continuously reassess risks’ of conflict reporting

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Stuart Purvis, who was chief executive of ITN when Terry Lloyd was killed an Iraq and is now professor of journalism at City University, examines, in today’s Guardian, the verdict that Lloyd was unlawfully killed by American soldiers.

He looks at the events described at the inquest and what it means for those putting reporters into dangerous situations. He writes:

Formal risk assessments are normally done before an assignment. But as the unilateral in the field decides whether to turn left or right on the road ahead, there now seems to be an external expectation that news desks will continuously reassess the risk. To do this those who send teams into war zones will have to take a more interventionist role in the developing detail than the traditional “trust the man on the ground”.

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