Veteran Center East correspondent Robert Fisk dies, aged 74


The Impartial newspaper confirms its acclaimed and controversial journalist died following a brief sickness.

Veteran journalist Robert Fisk, who for many years lined occasions within the Center East and elsewhere as a overseas correspondent for the British newspaper The Impartial, has died after struggling a suspected stroke at his Dublin house.

Fisk turned unwell on Friday and was admitted to St Vincent’s hospital the place he died a short while later, the Irish Occasions reported on Sunday.

He was 74.

The Impartial paid tribute to a journalist who was “famend for his braveness in questioning official narratives” and publishing “incessantly good prose”.

“Fearless, uncompromising, decided and completely dedicated to uncovering the reality and actuality in any respect prices, Robert Fisk was the best journalist of his technology,” stated Christian Boughton, editor of the Impartial till final week and now managing director.

“The hearth he lit at The Impartial will burn on.”

Fisk joined The Impartial in 1989, after falling out with the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Occasions, which he had initially joined as Northern Eire correspondent in 1972.

Throughout his decades-long profession, he lined key worldwide occasions together with the Lebanese civil struggle, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iranian revolution, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, conflicts within the Balkans and the Arab Spring.

Robert Fisk was famend for his reporting on Center East affairs

The Irish Occasions stated he was planning a return to the Center East shortly earlier than his loss of life.

“The world of journalism and knowledgeable commentary on the Center East had misplaced one among its most interesting commentators,” Irish President Michael Higgins stated in an announcement, paying tribute to a person he stated he had recognized because the Nineteen Nineties.

Fisk was notably famend for his struggle reporting.

He gained the Orwell Prize for Journalism, in addition to receiving the British Press Awards Worldwide Journalist of the 12 months and Overseas Reporter of the 12 months on a number of events.

Fisk was one of many few western reporters to interview al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

However Fisk’s reporting additionally stirred controversy.

He was accused by critics of siding with the federal government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his reporting on the Syrian struggle.

His books included The Level of No Return: The Strike Which Broke the British in Ulster; Pity the Nation: Lebanon at Warfare; and The Nice Warfare for Civilisation – The Conquest of the Center East.