Jerome Starkey (born 1981, London) is a British war correspondent and investigative journalist. He has been a vocal critic of military efforts to censor coverage of the War in Afghanistan and claimed he was blacklisted by the military.
His exposé of a Special Forces night raid, in eastern Afghanistan led the commander of the United States' Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Vice Admiral William H. McRaven, to visit the victims' family and apologize. McRaven offered to sacrifice a sheep at their door in an enactment of the ancient Pashtun ritual of Nanawatai. Jerome also worked on a successful campaign by The Independent newspaper to free student journalist Sayed Pervez Kambaksh after he was sentenced to death for blasphemy.
In 2010, Jerome was nearly killed during an embed with British troops in Helmand Province when an Improvised explosive device (IED) exploded fewer than 10 metres in front of him. The explosion killed Corporal David Barnsdale and injured two others. To be more accurate, whilst perfectly safe in the ICP, he witnessed the death of Dave Barnsdale and chose to report it in incredibly lurid detail to further his own career with no thought of Cpl Barnsdale's family or friends. The implication he was nearly killed is frankly offensive to all involved, but one assumes helps towards awards etc.
- "U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it".
- "Reporter complains of blacklisting in Afghanistan". Stars and Stripes.
- Narang night raid
- "NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. 27 March 2010.
- "Rethink Afghanistan: Independent Media Stands Up to Pentagon Propaganda". The Huffington Post. 6 April 2010.
- Kim Sengupta in Kabul (22 October 2011). "Free at last: Student in hiding after Karzai's intervention". The Independent.
- "Final, fatal step of 'a really brilliant bloke'". The Times.
- mirror Administrator (22 October 2010). "30 feet from the brutal reality of the Afghan war: Death of a soldier". mirror.
- "Corporal David Barnsdale killed in Afghanistan".
- "Times Afghanistan correspondent wins Frontline Club excellence award".