RUSSELL, William Howard. One of first war correspondents: "Am I to tell these things? or am I to hold my tongue?"

William Howard Russell  (28 March 1820 - 11 February 1907) was an Irish reporter with “The Times” and one of the first modern war correspondents, after he spent 22 months covering the Crimean War including the Charge of the Light Brigade (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Howard_Russell ).

 

William Howard Russell, sent by The Times (UK) to cover the Crimean War, in a letter on lying by omission to his editor John Delane (circa 1854): “Am I to tell these things? or am I to hold my tongue?" - to which his editor John Delane replied, "Continue to tell as much truth as you can." [1].

 

[1]. William Howard Russell quoted by John Pilger in “The people don’t know and can’t know”, Evatt Foundation : http://evatt.org.au/news/people-dont-know-and-cant-know.html .

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