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Robert Fisk to guest as Amnesty's keynote speaker

Multi-awarded British journalist Robert Fisk guests as Amnesty's keynote speaker in September

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand (AIANZ) is delighted to host one of the world's most famous journalists as its keynote speaker during its 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) celebrations.

With more than 30 years reporting experience in the Middle East Robert Fisk is the most decorated British foreign correspondent. He writes daily for the Independent and has been awarded the British International Journalist of the Year Award seven times. He has also received the Amnesty International UK Press Award twice and been multiply short-listed for it.

Journalist and author, Robert Fisk needs little introduction to New Zealand audiences � his book, The Great War for Civilisation has sold more per capita here than any other country.

"Robert Fisk is a fitting speaker to mark this anniversary as throughout the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights journalists have been to the fore as human rights defenders striving to ensure this declaration is honoured.

"Few regions on earth have had human rights trammelled so consistently as the Middle East � an area Robert Fisk has called home and reported on for more than 30 years," says AIANZ spokesperson Margaret Taylor.

Robert Fisk will speak in Wellington on September 7 and 8. The University of Auckland is hosting his only public speaking engagement in Auckland on September 9.

Robert Fisk is also appearing at The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival 6 and 7 September. Visit http://www.chchwritersfest.co.nz/

Tickets available via Ticketek.

Robert Fisk's visit to New Zealand is also supported by The Press and Harper Collins Publishing.


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