Robert Fisk, The Independent’s Middle East Correspondent flew over to Tunis from Beirut to give the inaugural Journalism Foundation lecture, which took place on Thursday night.
Simon Kelner, the CEO of the foundation has said: “We are tremendously excited to get our first project off the ground. We have had a very encouraging response from journalists in Tunisia, who have applied in great numbers to take part in our courses. We are delighted that Robert Fisk will give our inaugural lecture and we are sure this will have a lot of impact in Tunisia.”
Fisk holds more British and International Journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. These include being voted International Journalist of the Year seven times, and “Reporter of the Year” twice. Fisk has reported on the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970s, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq war, the Gulf War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Kosovo war, the Algerian civil war and he Iraq invasion of 2003. Fisk has also published a number of books and produced a documentary on the Islamic view of the West.
Fisk’s contribution to the ‘Reporting a Democracy’ course is extremely welcome and suitably apt for Tunisian journalists as they continue their battle towards real media freedom
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