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The Future of Fixers in Foreign Reporting

From Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to Syria local fixers are increasingly being relied upon by journalists to help them get the story and do their jobs. We will be asking what role they will play in the future of foreign reporting.

From Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to Syria local fixers are increasingly being relied upon by journalists to help them get the story and do their jobs. For foreign journalists they provide essential local knowledge and the ability to communicate, but by doing so they often put themselves and their families in danger.

The uprisings in the Arab world, particularly in Libya, have put fresh scrutiny on the relationship between fixers and foreign journalists. We will be asking whether journalists are taking proper responsibility for their fixers.

Increasingly being used as an editorial resource to offer a local perspective, we will be examining the problems that arise from this and the role of fixers in the future of foreign reporting.


Ilene Prusher, independent journalist based in Jerusalem and author of Baghdad Fixer. Prusher has covered some 30 countries in the course of her career as a foreign correspondent. She was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem and covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Patrick Cockburn, senior Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He is an experienced commentator on Iraq and has written several books on the country including The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq.

Charles Glass, a broadcaster, journalist and writer, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau and was chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993. Since then, he has been a freelance writer, regularly covering the Middle East, the Balkans, Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean region. He has also published books, short stories, essays and articles in the United States and Europe.

Additional panelists to be confirmed.


Journalist Charles Glass | talks | www
Independent's Middle East Corr Patrick Cockburn | talks
Ilene Prusher | talks


Date and Time:

12 November 2012 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



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