Robert Fisk (1946-2020): Historian of the Present

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His fearless reporting of the struggle from Ireland to Afghanistan was defined as ‘speaking truth to power’. Jack Robertson pays tribute to a journalist who changed the mind of a generation.

R obert Fisk, who died of a stroke at the end of October in his adopted home of Dublin, was one of the most outstanding journalists of our times. What marked him out from so many of his contemporaries was that he refused to comply with the mainstream notion that the role of a journalist was to provide a ‘balanced view’. Calling this 50-50 journalism, Fisk’s attitude was that a reporter should be neutral and unbiased — but on the side of those who suffer, to monitor power and not succumb to it.

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