In modern day warfare the lines between objectivity and subjectivity have become increasingly blurred. One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter, and past conflicts appear to have proven that the means justified the end. Is the action of a government any more just than the actions of an extremist organisation that believes it is fighting for liberation? And is so-called government propaganda more or less damaging than that from the organisations that are being fought?
Tony Birtley has been a reporter for 40 years, thirty of those as a Television Correspondent based overseas. He has covered some of the biggest conflicts since the Vietnam War, including Lebanon, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Chechnya, Iraq and Cambodia, and been wounded three times. Awards include Royal Television Society's Reporter of the Year for his reports from the Besieged Bosnian town of Srebrenica where he was the only journalist. He has a very understanding wife, Andrea, and three daughters and a son.
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