Photojournalism and Foreign Affairs

Perlmutter, David D.
January 2005
Orbis;Winter2005, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p109
Academic Journal
The article discusses the impact of photojournalism on foreign policy. Several examples of powerful pictures which suggest some enduring lessons about the interplay of pictures and foreign affairs are presented including Saigon, 1986, Tiananmen, 1989 and Somalia, 1992-1993. It is stated that if the policymakers do not provide a clear picture of the situation, the modern journalists will seek them out on their own as it happened in the Iraq war. Media captured the evidence of Saddam Hussein's atrocities but the U.S. Departments of Defense and State did not make an effort to show such crimes against humanity which indicates a major failure of the system.


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