03/04/2018 By Le News Leave a Comment In 1989, war correspondent Edward Girardet came face to face with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden threatened to kill him. This time around it’s money and principle rather than his life that are at stake. On 4 April 2018, he’ll be in a French court defending himself against a defamation charge brought by a French mayor, a situation he describes as stupefying and an attack against freedom of the press. Peter Hulm, who writes for Global Geneva, the Geneva-based magazine that Girardet founded, explains the background and larger context of the situation in the following article. Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet’s watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Few people could have made a living out of telling New York taxi-drivers on radio about the seemingly arcane activities of the United Nations in Geneva, as Ed was doing when I first got to know him some 40 years ago. Over the years he has become even more adventurous in his search for a different kind of journalism: reporting from the war zones of Afghanistan with… Read full this story
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