Frontline Confidential: Philip Gourevitch on Standard Operating Procedure

Talk Tuesday 17th June, 2008

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Standard Operating Procedure is an original account of the first full reckoning of what actually happened at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Written in collaboration with film-maker Errol Morris, Standard Operating Procedure reveals the stories of the American soldiers who appeared in the snapshots from the prison that shocked the world.

Philip Gourevitch is an American author and journalist and longtime staff writer of the New Yorker. He has written on a variety of subjects – from ethnic conflicts in Africa, Europe and Asia to political corruption in Rhode Island and the music of James Brown. He became widely known for his first book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, which tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Nick Fielding has wide experience of reporting terrorism and intelligence issues. For seven years he was a senior reporter on the The Sunday Times where he covered the aftermath and implications of the 9/11 attacks, reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Far East. Nick has just finished a film for Al-Jazeera on the investigation into the death of former Osama bin Laden associate, Jamal Khalifa, which involved him traveling to Madagascar and the southern Philippines.