Prince Harry, Afghanistan and the blackout
Monday, May 19, 2008
In an article this week lecturer Dr John Jewell has raised new questions regarding the deployment of Prince Harry to Afghanistan and the agreed blackout between the British media and Armed Forces.
Dr John Jewell considers the role of the media during a time of conflict.
The article, published in the Western Mail on Saturday May 17th discusses the way Harry was catapulted from wayward royal to national hero with the complicity of the British media to maintain a self imposed blackout until the story was uncovered and revealed on February 28th this year.
Dr Jewell commented “The article is a direct response to the overwhelming media coverage of Harry’s time in Afghanistan. It discuses the relationship between the military and media during times of conflict and national crisis.”
A member of the Mediatized Conflict and Journalism Studies groups at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Dr Jewell has also published War of Words - The BBC, Government and the Falklands War in 2007 addressing the relationship between the government and the BBC during the 1982 conflict.
His research and teaching interests include the representation of asylum seekers and refugees in the British media and the history and development of the popular press.
Read the full article here. Prince Harry and the chamber of secrets