Social media changes war coverage

okay I know this blog is about Africa, and Baghdad isn’t in Africa, but this is an important story about how social media has exposed the senseless killing of citizens and journalists in war…

Wikileaks has released a classified US military video (confirmed by US military asauthentic) that showed the senseless killing of two Reuters journalists and Iraqi citizens in 2007. Reuters has been trying to get hold of the video for 3 years, to no avail. The video also shows unprovoked killing of the rescuers, trying to save the dying journalists, and that attack involved two small children in the rescue van.

The craziness of war cannot be fully understood by those of us off the battlefield. But never again can military commanders expect to keep their secrets absolutely hidden – they are not as immune from public scrutiny as they would like. Social media has blown that wide open.

See this great post about how war coverage has changed with the introduction of social media.

Al Jazeera’s take on it here.

and Huffington Post saying that the helicopter crew treated it like a video game with people’s lives.

CNN speaks to wikileaks about the “massacre video”.

The New Yorker has a balanced and sober judgement on the video here.