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Waarheid & (zelf)censuur. Een vijf-landen-studie van militaire Afghanistan autobiografieën.
Huizinga instituut. Werkgroep (auto)biografie (2013)
  • Esmeralda Kleinreesink
For soldier-authors in any western country, it is very important to explicitly assure their audiences that what they write is the truth (either subjective (35%) or objective (22%). They provide truth guarantees to substantiate this claim, the most important one being their own or someone else's memory (41%). This is despite the fact that they also explicitly perform self-censorship, for example by anonymising names (84% of the disclaimers) or black barring photos (34%). In every one of the countries researched (Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Canada) at least one author mentions having been censored by their own ministry of Defence. This, however, does not influence the kind of plots they write. Censoring appears to be a normal part of military writing.
  • Truth,
  • censorship,
  • self-censoring,
  • military autobiography
Publication Date
February, 2013
Citation Information
Esmeralda Kleinreesink. "Waarheid & (zelf)censuur. Een vijf-landen-studie van militaire Afghanistan autobiografieën." Huizinga instituut. Werkgroep (auto)biografie (2013)
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