The Windsor Lectures are a collaboration between two of the UK’s foremost centres for ethical discussion: St George’s House and Cumberland Lodge. Our common aim is to promote national debate on key social issues. Consequently, our institutions have launched this joint series of high-profile talks with the purpose of stimulating responsible and influential discussion.
The latest Windsor Lecture, a partnership between St George’s House and Cumberland Lodge was given on Thursday 15th March by distinguished Defence Editor Robert Fox:
Manners and Morals of reporting in the era of fake news
A wonderfully wide-ranging talk took the audience from Tacitus to Trump as veteran defence and war correspondent Robert Fox probed the ways in which news makes its way in the world. Is reportage really the first draft of history? In this era of fake news, how do we sift truth from fiction? Is there a role for ethics in contemporary journalism? Drawing on his experience as a first-hand witness to some of the most significant conflicts of our time, Robert Fox took his listeners on a lively, challenging, intellectually stimulating journey through the rapidly evolving landscape of contemporary journalism.
Robert Fox has been a journalist and broadcaster since 1967 and is currently defence editor of the Evening Standard. Between 1968-1987 he was a BBC correspondent and reporter, covering the Falklands, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Italy. In 1987 he joined the Daily Telegraph as defence correspondent and chief foreign correspondent, during which time he covered conflicts in Afghanistan, the Gulf, the Balkans, and the Middle East intifada. Between 1976-77 he was a guest commentator for Corrieredella Sera in Milan.