Press Hotels in Conflict Zones

  • Kenneth Morrison


The focus remains on the utility of hotels during wartime, with an emphasis on the press hotel, and how such buildings have become (particularly since the advent of television news) crucial bases for the media from which to operate. They thus become a crucial part of the geography of the conflict, whether they are located some distance from the frontline or in close proximity to it, and become synonymous with the conflict to global television viewers. This chapter focuses on those hotels which have played a crucial role as press centres during conflict, focusing on hotels in cities such as Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Phnom Penh, San Sebastian, Baghdad, and Belgrade.


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  • Kenneth Morrison
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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