The Collateral Damage of Breaking News
Conference Closing Conversation How can passionate and critical voices make themselves heard in the din of 'embedded journalism'. How can the spell of 'Breaking News' be broken by a insistence on reflective and thoughtful speech? Do we need to look long and hard at how crises get reported? At how things get remembered, forgotten or resurrected? Is the representation of a conflict as subject to moral questions as is participation in the conflict? What is the responsibility of the writer, the journalist, the artist and the practitioner of information - not just in terms of bearing witness to the urgencies of the present, but also in relation to the imperatives of reflection for the future. What else comes free with 'free speech'? These are some of the questions that Arundhati Roy, novelist and essayist will explore.