The venerated former BBC war reporter, erstwhile MP, author and ‘man in the white suit’ is coming to Aros to talk about his remarkable life’s work and his new book, ‘War and the Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter.’


Martin Bell has stood in war zones as both a soldier and a journalist. From Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq, he has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes in how conflicts are fought and how they are reported. He has seen the truth degraded in the name of balance and good taste – grief and pain censored so the viewers are not disturbed.


In an age of international terror, where journalists themselves have become targets, more and more reports are issued from the sidelines. The dominance of social media has ushered in a post-truth world: Twitter rumours and unverifiable videos abound, and TV news seeks to entertain rather than inform.


In this compelling account, one of the outstanding journalists of our time provides a moving, personal account of war and issues an impassioned call to put the substance back in our news.