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Foreign correspondents in the Cold War : The politics and practices of East German television journalists in the West

Bechmann Pedersen, Sune LU and Cronqvist, Marie LU (2019) In Media History 26(1). p.75-90
Abstract
This article analyses the transnational production processes of foreign correspondence in the Cold War. It examines the double role of foreign correspondents as reporters and Cold War political agents. Recent scholarship has explored the activities of Western correspondents reporting from the Communist world. Little is known, however, about Eastern bloc correspondents in the West. Drawing on the rarely studied files on East German foreign correspondents held by the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, the article problematizes the image of GDR journalists as obedient intelligence officers and highlights the dilemmas of journalists deployed to defend national interests. Focusing on the Nordic countries in the mid1970s, the article provides detailed... (More)
This article analyses the transnational production processes of foreign correspondence in the Cold War. It examines the double role of foreign correspondents as reporters and Cold War political agents. Recent scholarship has explored the activities of Western correspondents reporting from the Communist world. Little is known, however, about Eastern bloc correspondents in the West. Drawing on the rarely studied files on East German foreign correspondents held by the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, the article problematizes the image of GDR journalists as obedient intelligence officers and highlights the dilemmas of journalists deployed to defend national interests. Focusing on the Nordic countries in the mid1970s, the article provides detailed insights into the politics and practices of East German foreign correspondence before the digital revolution. The article thus shows the benefits of going beyond the traditional focus on media content to analyse the daily practices as well as the political and symbolic significance of journalism. It contributes to the growing historical research on foreign correspondents and the media in East Germany and beyond (Less)
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Journalism, GDR, foreign correspondents, television, Noric countries, Cold war
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Media History
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26
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1
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16 pages
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Routledge
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1469-9729
DOI
10.1080/13688804.2019.1644158
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Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS)
Transborder television. Scandinavia and the GDR in the 1970s
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English
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  author       = {Bechmann Pedersen, Sune and Cronqvist, Marie},
  issn         = {1469-9729},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {75--90},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Media History},
  title        = {Foreign correspondents in the Cold War : The politics and practices of East German television journalists in the West},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2019.1644158},
  doi          = {10.1080/13688804.2019.1644158},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2019},
}