Monash University’s Associate Professor Kevin Foster has published a new book, Don’t Mention the War: The Australian Defence Force, the Media and the Afghan Conflict.
Associate Professor Foster will discuss his new book at the Matheson’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on May 20 at Clayton campus.
The war in Afghanistan is now the longest and, arguably, worst reported conflict in Australian history.
In Don’t Mention the War, Kevin Foster explores why this is so and considers who engineered and who has benefitted from its impoverished coverage. He examines how and why the ADF restricted the media’s access to and freedom of movement among its troops in Afghanistan and what we can learn about their motives and methods from the more liberal media policies of the Dutch and Canadian militaries.
He analyses how the ADF ensured positive coverage of its endeavours by bringing many aspects of the reporting of the war in-house and why some among the fourth estate were only too happy to hand over responsibility for newsgathering to the military.
The book also investigates how political responses to the conflict, and the discourse that framed them, served to conceal the facts and neuter public debate about the war. After more than a decade of evasion and obstruction, half-truths and hype, Don’t Mention the War reveals how politicians, the military and the media failed the public over the Afghan conflict.
Here is the real story behind the Australian story of the war.
“It is an important question of our time. Why is this longest war in Afghanistan Australia’s worst reported war? Kevin Foster’s thorough and insightful analysis delivers important answers.”
— Chris Masters
‘Don’t Mention the War sheds a revealing light on how one of our most important institutions resists independent scrutiny and open communication about what it does in the public’s name.’
— Tom Hyland, Inside Story
About Kevin Foster
Kevin Foster was born in Manchester in 1961 and has degrees from the University of Manchester, the University of Saskatchewan and Monash University. He currently teaches Media and Cultural Studies at Monash University. He has written widely on war, cultural history and national identity and his work has appeared in a range of national and international journals. His books include a study of the Falklands Conflict, Fighting Fictions: War, Narrative and National Identity (1999), What are we doing in Afghanistan? The Military and the Media at War (2009) and The Information Battlefield: Representing Australians at War (2011).
Kevin Foster will discuss his book at the Matheson’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, May 20 at 1pm, ground floor, Matheson Library, Clayton Campus.
Kevin Foster: “Our Longest and Worst Reported War”- All welcome.
How is it that the nation’s longest military commitment, in Afghanistan, was far and away its worst reported? Kevin Foster will talk about why, in an effort to answer this question, he came to write his 2013 book, Don’t Mention the War: the Australian Defence Force, the Media and the Afghan Conflict.
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