About this event
In this year’s Political Quarterly annual lecture, Mary Dejevsky and John Lloyd debate some of the hard questions posed by Western coverage of the Ukraine war.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a war that is both an old-fashioned military conflict between states and a very modern conflict in which instant communication also becomes a weapon. In an age of satellite communications, mobile phones, citizen journalism and social media, where does this leave reporters? Can they remain neutral observers - and even if they can, should they?
Mary Dejevsky is an Independent columnist on foreign affairs, having previously been the title's foreign correspondent in Moscow, Paris and Washington.
John Lloyd is contributing editor to the Financial Times and an Associate Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.
The event is chaired by Deborah Mabbett, Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, and co-editor of the Political Quarterly.