Covering the Military: Lessons Fom a Former Insider. Joe Glenton to Speak at Goldsmiths
Joe Glenton, a London-based national security reporter covering the UK military and defence issues will be speaking at a free public event hosted by the CIJ at Goldsmiths University on Thursday 27 October.
When the war on terror began, Glenton signed-up to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas left him disillusioned, and he returned manifesting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Refusing a second tour, he went AWOL and left the country, but returned voluntarily to fight his case, with the military accusing him of desertion.
Despite being threatened with years in prison, he continued to speak out and won the support of many of his fellow soldiers. He was eventually sentenced to nine months in military prison.
His book about refusing to serve in what he thought was an unjust war is called Soldier Box.
Glenton will provide a unique insider’s perspective on how best to cover the extremely secretive and PR-conscious military institution.