Opinion: Twitter is no substitute for proper war reporting – just look at Libya

Lenin, Fidel Castro and Ayatollah Khomeini all managed to stage revolutions in the age before Twitter. The Soviet Union collapsed while Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook was still in short pants. So, just possibly, some of the credit for freedom’s wave as it washes around the Middle East belongs more to ordinary human beings standing together than to a tide of tweets.For once, indeed, Richard Littlejohn may have a point. The first days of Libyan crisis, with the world’s press stuck in Cairo or parked on the border, were a bit of a shambles.

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