The Press: The Word War of the Worlds

The revolution in Ishmaelia had barely begun, but on Fleet Street the publisher of the daily Beast was already telling his correspondent precisely what coverage he wanted: "A few sharp victories, some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the Patriot side, and a colourful entry into the capital." Such was the quality of African reportage half a century ago, as described by Novelist Evelyn Waugh in his hilarious classic Scoop. To officials of modern-day African nations, as well as those of other developing countries of the so-called Third World, not enough has changed...

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