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Female foreign correspondents 'can challenge authority'

Our guest editor, Dame Ann Leslie, has spent more than four decades working as a foreign correspondent.

Her lengthy and distinguished career has taken her all over the world, from Apartheid South Africa, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the Middle East and the Falkland Islands.

As a woman working in this clubbable, male-dominated world, Ann was a trailblazer.

But today the ranks of foreign correspondents have been swelled by a new generation of award winning female journalists like Alex Crawford, Sky News's special correspondent who won widespread praise for after she and her team were the first international journalists to enter Tripoli with the Libyan opposition last year.

The BBC's Defence Correspondent Caroline Wyatt sat down with Dame Ann and Alex to to talk about covering war.

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