Frontline Club: Iraq film premiere and debate

How has risk rewritten the rules for Iraqi journalists? The Frontline Club in London premieres A Strange Animal, a short film featuring me and my colleagues in Iraq. The film, directed by Richard Pendry, reveals some of the techniques reporters have developed in a conflict where they are targeted for kidnap and murder.

The screening at the Frontline Club was followed by a debate about the growing role of local journalists in covering conflict. The Frontline website has a short article summarising the debate, as well as video and podcast of the entire proceedings. A short version of A Strange Animal was screened by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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Aid stalemate at the gates of Falluja

While the Red Cross warns of a health crisis, a hospital on the outskirts of besieged Falluja says it has yet to receive any patients. BBC News, November 2004

Falluja siege interviews

A series of interviews with Fadhil Badrani, an Iraqi journalist in Falluja, led to this diary-style account of the US assault on the city. Badrani was living behind rebel lines. I spoke to him over the phone from London and wrote the English text for the BBC News website. Translation was courtesy of the BBC Arabic service.

Farewell to Falluja, 24 November 2004

Fear remains after assault, 16 November 2004

Ghost city calls for help, 13 November 2004

Smoke and corpses, 11 November 2004

Defiance amid carnage, 10 November 2004

Watching tragedy engulf my city, 9 November 2004

Taking cover in Falluja, 8 November 2004

Prayers and tears in Falluja, 5 November 2004

Inside besieged Falluja, 18 October 2004

Outsourcing the war

An early profile of Blackwater after the killing of four contractors in Falluja. The private security firm became one of the coalition’s most controversial partners in Iraq and was eventually expelled from the country. BBC News, April 2004