Who is Asne Seierstad?

May 26, 2008

Stephen Moss asks the question – Who is Asne Seierstad? A journalist, a writer, or something inbetween? Maybe a “literary journalist” he argues,

The nomenclature matters. I met the American reporter Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone, recently, and while I admired the way he had gone to Baghdad to report on the aftermath of the war – unembedded and determined to tell it from an Iraqi perspective – I wondered whether as an ardent opponent of the war he could offer a balanced picture. Also it seemed to me that, speaking at anti-war rallies and giving evidence at the World Tribunal on Iraq, he had crossed the sometimes fuzzy border from journalism into activism. Might Seierstad be moving in the same direction? link



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