Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo, talks about his mission to close the facility.
By Vladimir Duthiers; Production Assistant, AMANPOUR.
On November 25, the Committee to Protect Journalist honored five journalists with its 2009 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony highlighting the plight of journalists in danger zones such as Somalia, China, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and most recently, the Philippines, where thirty journalists were killed in the province of Maguindanao. Christiane, who sits on the CPJ board, hosted the event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Among the awardees of the CPJ’s 2009 International Press Freedom Awards was Eynulla Fatullayev, founder and editor-in-chief of Realny Azerbaijan, J.S. Tissainayagam, editor of the news web site OutreachSL and a columnist for the English-language Sri Lankan Sunday Times, Mustafa Haji Abdinur, Somalia correspondent for Agence France-Presse and editor-in-chief of the independent radio station Radio Simba, and Naziha Réjiba, editor of the Tunisia based independent online news journal Kalima. The CPJ also presented the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award to the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist, Anthony Lewis. The award is given in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement in the cause of press freedom
For me, the sight of Miss Réjiba at the podium was especially moving and served as a personal source of inspiration around the issue of the Internet’s emerging role in press freedom and those that seek to suppress it. While attempting to report on recent elections in her home country of Tunisia, Réjiba said she faced “a relentless and vicious campaign” waged by her government. She added, reporters’ movements “have been restricted; others have been beaten, abducted, subjected to politicized trials, imprisoned, or placed under constant surveillance.”
Our Sr. Writer Meets His Father’s Former Editor
By Tom Evans, CNN
It’s not every day that a journalist has the good fortune to meet a man who has inspired not only his own generation but also his father’s. That’s exactly what happened to me this week when I met Sir Harry Evans, who was editor of London’s Sunday Times for 14 years from 1967 and editor of The Times for one year until he abruptly resigned in 1982 after tensions with its new proprietor Rupert Murdoch.
More than a quarter century after his resignation, Sir Harry and his wife Tina Brown, an accomplished journalist and editor in her own right, came to our New York studios to talk with Christiane Amanpour about old media, new media, and what’s next in a world where newspapers in the U.S. and other countries are shedding thousands of jobs and news web sites are gaining popularity and influence.
It was a very different era for newspapers when my father Peter Evans, a journalist on The Times, worked for Sir Harry back in the early 1980’s. My father was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Correspondent, covering issues such as race relations, immigration, police and prisons. Here’s what my father told me this week about his recollections of Sir Harry.
“He was the only editor who had ever given me a chance to correct my own copy. I loved his hands-on approach. He cared for his writers but was demanding in his quality. Of the seven editors I worked for, he had most intuition. He knew how to take the germ of an idea and develop it, without distortion. His news sense was supreme.”
Ideas of development in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to cause waves among most viewers. Most felt the terrorism and violence in the Middle East was part of a “big terrorism plot all around the world.” Others thought that opening dialogue among decision makers could make a big difference in the end-result. Overall, viewers stated their ideas based on their cultural beliefs but with one goal in mind, peace.
Below, you will see some opinions from viewers like yourself.
If the Afghans were able to repel the Soviets what makes America think they can do better? Is there a strategy and is it working?
Two problems of the world today. Global Warming and Terror Attacks. Hope the world survive... Peace!!!
where is the one prominent muslim imam or leader who will decree that terrorism is sinful & forbidden?
On AMANPOUR. today, two people with legendary careers in newspapers and publishing share their stories with Christiane. Sir Harold Evans was the editor of the UK’s prestigious Sunday Times and The Times, revolutionizing British journalism by bringing to light many of the most important stories of our time. Tina Brown achieved fame as the first female editor of the New Yorker and Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair. Now she is making her mark on the web with Daily Beast. In their FIRST joint interview ever, the powerhouse couple sit down to talk about their life together and the future of the craft they helped shape. We are also paying attention to some other important stories. Here are some perspectives on some headlines in the news right now.
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
PAKISTAN – Will instability in Pakistan hinder the fight against terrorism?
- new bomb blast, in northwest Pakistan, kills 12 people outside a police compound in the city of Timargarah
- bombing the latest in a series of recent attacks in Pakistan that have killed hundreds of people
- new suspected U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan kills at least three people, day after two other attacks left 15 dead in the same area
- Pakistani Supreme Court strikes down an amnesty that had protected thousands of politicians and officials from corruption charges, raising possibility of new political and legal turmoil as opposition calls for ouster of President Asif Ali Zardari
QUESTION: Will legal and political challenges against government distract it from its offensive against the Taliban?