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Coming Out Of The Closet As Political Activists

Following the recent British Journalists’ decision, more and more “news reporters” are declaring themselves to be political activists. Here is a letter to The Guardian yesterday signed by 20 CNN, BBC and other journalists, led by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the most overrated news reporter of our time:


The Guardian

Tuesday April 24, 2007


The world needs a tough arms treaty


Ten years ago the treaty to ban landmines was signed in Ottawa, Canada. As journalists who have seen the devastating impact of conflict first-hand, we applauded the agreement.


Today a more ambitious treaty is being developed at the United Nations: a global arms trade treaty to regulate sales of all conventional arms. The challenge is to build a strong treaty to stop arms transfers that are likely to fuel serious human rights violations, conflict and poverty.


It is time that all governments took responsibility for the individual tragedies perpetrated with the weapons they supply: the woman raped at gunpoint, the young man crushed under the tracks of a battle tank, the child forced to become a soldier.


Currently, the UN secretary general is asking governments what they want the arms trade treaty to cover. We call on all governments to listen to the millions of people around the world who live in daily fear of armed violence, and build a treaty tough enough to protect them.


Christiane Amanpour CNN

Martin Bell ex-BBC correspondent

Sebastian Junger Vanity Fair

Jon Lee Anderson The New Yorker

Don McCullin freelance photographer

Paul Moreira Canal Plus

Jon Snow Channel 4 News

Charles Wheeler ex-BBC correspondent

and 12 others

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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