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Journalists fight 'hidden war' in Afghanistan
Jessica Hodgson, The Guardian, April 26, 2002

"I think we did a terrible job in Afghanistan and I think there are some lessons which need to be learned," he said, adding that the coverage was "misleading" and, in the case of the US networks, "almost McCarthyist in approach". In addition to problems caused by the terrain, weather and political instability, Smith said journalists were all too willing to present images of Afghans posing for the media as if they were objective reportage. "One of the most common things I heard was that journalists were getting Afghans to fire guns and filming them. Many Afghans were saying they do far more firing for journalists than they did in combat," he said. Smith's claims were backed up by the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall, who said that at times the coverage had descended into "farce".
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