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Former MP and war correspondent Martin Bell has travelled through war zones as both a soldier and a journalist. From Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq, he has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes in how conflicts are fought and how they are reported. In an age of international terror, where journalists themselves have become targets, more and more reports are issued from the sidelines. The dominance of social media has ushered in a post-truth world: Twitter rumours and unverifiable videos abound, and TV news seeks to entertain rather than inform.
Join us as we welcome one of the greatest journalists of our time to tell us the real stories behind the headlines, and to make an impassioned call for a return of substance to our news.