Reporters found censorship less rigidly applied on the eastern front palestine and italy one correspondent whose reports famously brought about the sacking of the campaign commander and the ending of the fruitless and bloody gallipoli expedition bravely broke ranks and was finished as a war reporter war reporting was not confined to print. Constrained by strict military censorship war correspondents on the western front of the great war could rarely report the truth but the war gave birth to movie cameramen like geoffrey malins on the somme who brought back enduring film footage of the conflict for the first time in the history of warfare. Furthermore scholars have not had a single volume detailed history of the british war correspondents that would parallel emmet croziers 1959 book american reporters on the western front 1914 1918 which included a healthy dose of oral history from war correspondents still alive at the time. Reporting from the front war reporters during the great war brian best when the war was declared in august 1914 one of the first acts to be implemented by the politicians and military was a strict censorship on the newspapers. From the start of the war the british government was eager to control the flow of information from the front line passing legislation in 1914 which allowed the war office to censor the press and
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