SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

The State of Journalism in the Age of Misinformation - A Practitioner's Perspective

Jim Muir

Date: 25 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 25 January 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre (WLT)

Type of Event: Talk

Jim Muir has lived in and reported on the Middle East since he arrived in Beirut in January 1974, armed with a Cambridge degree in Arabic. Expecting Lebanon to be a stable base from which to cover a turbulent region, he spent the next 15 years reporting the tortuous conflict which engulfed the country itself. He began on a local newspaper in Beirut, then moved rapidly to a small international news agency for his first two years there. Later, he worked for Middle East magazines, then began broadcasting for radio stations including NBC, the BBC, NPR and others. Later, television and the internet claimed more of his time, while he also wrote for newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Christian Science Monitor. He was in northern Iraq during the Kurdish uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and covered the dramatic flight of the Kurds to the mountains. After a spell reporting the Bosnia conflict, he moved to Cairo as BBC Middle East correspondent in 1995, followed by five years in Tehran, where he chronicled the doomed hopes raised by the election of the reformist President Khatami. In 2004 he rebased to Beirut, covered the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, and spent much time in Iraq until the Arab Spring diverted attention to Egypt, Tunisia and especially Syria, on whose protracted crisis he provided a large amount of the BBC's coverage. His recent work includes an in-depth BBC website study on the factors behind the rise and fall of the Islamic State group.