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The Power of NewsThe History of Reuters$
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Donald Read

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207689.001.0001

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War News, 1939–1945

War News, 1939–1945

(p.249) Ten War News, 1939–1945
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how Reuters managed to gather news from the battlefield during the Second World War. Censorship during the Second World War was generally more flexible than during the First World War. It was sometimes unpredictable, but war correspondents were allowed greater freedom of expression and movement than before. In the victory number of the World's Press News, Christopher Chancellor contributed an article on ‘How Reuters did its Job Right Through the War’. The war in Europe took priority for Reuters — as for the United Kingdom over the war with Japan. Relations between Reuters and the Japanese authorities had been growing increasingly strained during the years before the war. Finally, Reuters prepared to report the painful return of peace to the world, just as it had reported the destructive course of war. During each war, the agency has successfully restructured itself, becoming in the process a more effective news collector and distributor.

Keywords:   censorship, war news, Second World War, World's Press News, correspondents, Reuters

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