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Martin Bell

By proposing a "journalism of attachment," Bell led lesser reporters down a false trail.

By John Lloyd   February 2004

The 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, between 1992 and 1995, was one of the more important of our contemporary ethical crucibles. It was a time when, in Martin Bell’s words, journalism became a "moral profession," and when journalism won a decisive battle against its great rival, politics. Neither profession has fully recovered its equilibrium: many of the politicians who think about these matters still feel guilt, and many of the journalists still feel smug. The battle between them for the moral high ground continues, presently cast in the slippery form of a struggle for the possession of…

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