Straw in tribute to the 'embedded'

Frontline coverage of the war in the Gulf has helped to increase public support for the Government’s decision to invade, according to Jack Straw.

Paying tribute to embedded journalists, the Foreign Secretary told a Newspaper Society lunch for regional newspaper lobby correspondents and editors: “Exposure to close-up coverage of the conflict appears to have increased public support,” he said, just as pictures of the sinking of the HMS Sheffield during the Falklands War strengthened national resolve at a critical moment. In a democracy the “benefits of hour-by-hour and day-by-day reporting from the frontline far outweigh the disadvantages.”

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