Publication details [#49940]

Palmer, Jerry and Victoria Fontan. 2007. ‘Our ears and our eyes’. Journalists and fixers in Iraq. Journalism 8 (1) : 5–24.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


This paper discusses the dependence upon fixers and in particular ‘parachute’ journalists, in the light of changes in Western media's foreign -in casu Iraqi- news gathering. Since 2003, the security situation has changed drastically, and few Western journalists possess a professional competence level in Arabic.