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Women who changed war reporting

In the book You don’t belong here’, journalist Elisabeth Becker tells the story about how three women journalists changed war reporting.

Australian Kate Webb, French Catherine Leroy and American Frances FitzGerald all covered the Vietnam war and the US invasion of Cambodia. Becker herself, arriving in the last year of the war, tells the story of the war and how three women war reporters were fighting sexism.

French photojournalist Catherine Leroy became famous for being brave to the level of being reckless. She rode a bicycle into the occupied city of Hue and took the first pictures of North Vietnamese Army soldiers in South Vietnam. Her pictures were published on the cover of magazine Life.

Frances FitzGerald was the daughter of a CIA deputy director. She combined news reporting with writing the book Fire in the Lake, with a critical perspective on US policy in South Vietnam.

Australian reporter Kate Webb was taken prisoner by North Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia and was held for more than two weeks.

Becker herself reported from Cambodia in the 1970s. Her book is a mix of women’s history and international affairs.

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