Writers Embedded or In Bed?

Do writers sometimes get too close to one side of the action?

Lindsay Murdoch in conversation with Ian McPhedran, Host – Michael Tyquin

Michael opens this session with a review of where it all began – with Nineteenth Century War Correspondents. However, recent conflicts have raised profound questions about the opportunities for war correspondents to observe war, and the obligations imposed by the host forces within which they may be ’embedded’. Does the embedding compromise the reporter’s independence and, if it does, is there any other way?

Between them, Lindsay Murdoch and Ian McPhedran have reported on most of the recent Middle Eastern conflicts. If there are any answers to these vexed questions, Lindsay and Ian will have them.

Look forward to lively exchanges with the audience!

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Dr Michael Tyquin

Michael Tyquin is a consulting historian based in Tasmania. He has published extensively in the areas of Australian social, medical and military history. He is the official historian of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps; a recently retired Army officer and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health. Michael was born in Melbourne and raised on a farm near Werribee in Victoria. He enjoys researching military, medical and Byzantine history; and is an avid reader and inveterate traveller. Widely published, Michael is currently researching the role of the Governor-General in Australia during World War One. He has also just completed his first work of fiction – set against the backdrop of the Boer War.

Lindsay Murdoch

Lindsay Murdoch is a journalist; a former correspondent based in Singapore, Jakarta and Darwin. In 1999 he reported on the tumultuous events in East Timor and in 2003 he covered the Iraq war while embedded with the US Marines. He now works in the office of the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Michael Gunner. Lindsay has won three Walkley Awards.

Ian McPhedran

Walkley Award winner Ian McPhedran is an Australian author and retired journalist.  From 1998 until his retirement in 2016 he worked as defence writer for the News Corp group. In 2003 Ian reported on the Iraq war from Baghdad. In 2009 he took part in an Australian Defence Force ’embedding trial’ – which Ian described as a frustrating and time wasting process. Ian has written seven books, the latest being The Mighty Krait.

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