8th November 2005

 

MARTIN BELL TO GIVE UNIVERSITY TALK

(Photograph/interview opportunity)

 

The distinguished war correspondent, broadcaster and writer Martin Bell OBE is visiting the University of Lincoln next week to give a talk on why the journalism of attachment is still relevant.

 

Joining the BBC as a reporter in Norwich in 1962, he moved to London three years later, and over the next 30 years covered 11 conflicts and reported from 80 countries.

 

He won the Royal Television Society’s Reporter of the Year award in 1977 and 1993 and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992.

 

While covering the conflict in Bosnia he was seriously wounded by shrapnel as he delivered a bulletin. What he saw while covering the war awoke a smouldering sense of injustice. He became very critical of the tradition of neutral reporting of armed conflicts, advocating instead the ‘journalism of attachment’.

 

In 1997, just days before the British General Election, he announced he was leaving the BBC to stand as an Independent in the Tatton constituency in Cheshire. He went on to win with a majority of 11,000 votes.

 

He now acts as an ambassador for UNICEF and as a critic on the state of journalism today.

 

Senior Journalism lecturer Richard Keeble said: “The visit of the acclaimed broadcaster, writer and former anti-corruption MP Martin Bell represents a major coup for the university.

 

“The Journalists Speak Out on Journalism series is looking at a range of crucial subjects - such as investigative reporting in the provinces, the Muslim press and the role of the alternative media. As the conflict in Iraq escalates, Martin Bell's insights will help add a fascinating perspective on the challenges of war reporting.”

 

The talk will be held on Monday 14th November at 6pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.  To arrange a photograph/interview with Martin Bell please contact:

 

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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