Robert Fisk

International journalist and writer

The Independent

Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent. He has been Middle East correspondent of The Independent for over thirty years, primarily based in Beirut. Fisk holds more British and International Journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. He has also been voted International Journalist of the Year seven times. He has published a number of books and reported on several wars and armed conflicts. An Arabic speaker, he is one of few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden, which he did on three occasions between 1993 and 1997.

Also a bestselling and acclaimed author, Fisk has written three books: Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon, a devastating history of the Lebanese civil war, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East, with eyewitness accounts lifted directly from his own notebooks, and The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays, a collection of his journalism.

The blogosphere term fisking originates from various American conservative blogs, which have taken particular issue with Mr. Fisk, who holds a "very skeptical view of U.S. foreign policy".

Fisk strongly condemned the September 2001 attacks, describing them as a "hideous crime against humanity", but he also denounced the Bush administration's response to the attacks, arguing that "a score of nations" were being identified and positioned as "haters of democracy" or "kernels of evil", and urged a more honest debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East. In 2007, Fisk expressed personal doubts about the official historical record of the attacks. In an article for The Independent, he claimed that, the Bush administration was incapable of successfully carrying out such attacks due to its organisational incompetence.