Robert Fisk

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Reporting from Syria, April 2018
Maidstone, Kent, England
Alma materLancaster University, Trinity College (Dublin)
SpouseLara Marlowe
InterestsMiddle East

Robert Fisk (born 12 July 1946) is an English writer and award-winning journalist.


From 1972 to 1975, Robert Fisk was The Times Belfast correspondent, before being posted to Portugal following the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Fisk then was appointed Middle East correspondent (1976–1988). When a story of his was spiked (Iran Air Flight 655) after Rupert Murdoch's takeover, he moved to The Independent in April 1989 and is primarily based in Beirut.[1]


  • "The Point of No Return: The Strike which Broke the British in Ulster" (1975). London: Times Books/Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-96682-X
  • "In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, 1939–1945" (2001). London: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2411-8 (1st ed. 1983).
  • "Pity the Nation : Lebanon at War" (3rd ed. 2001). London: Oxford University Press; xxi, 727 pages. ISBN 0-19-280130-9 (1st ed. was 1990).
  • "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East" (October 2005) London. Fourth Estate; xxvi, 1366 pages. ISBN 1-84115-007-X
  • "The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings" (2008) London, Fourth Estate ISBN 978-0-00-727073-6
  • "Robert Fisk on Algeria" (2013) Independent Print Limited

Video documentary

Robert Fisk produced a three-part series titled "From Beirut To Bosnia" in 1993 which Fisk says was an attempt "to find out why an increasing number of Muslims had come to hate the West."[2] Fisk says that the Discovery Channel did not show a repeat of the films, after initially showing them in full, due to a letter campaign launched by pro-Israel groups such as Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).[3]


Documents by Robert Fisk

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisisWikispooks Page17 April 2018Theresa May
White Helmets
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Douma attack
"A Syrian colonel I came across behind one of these buildings asked if I wanted to see how deep the tunnels were. I stopped after well over a mile when he cryptically observed that 'this tunnel might reach as far as Britain'. Ah yes, Ms May, I remembered, whose air strikes had been so intimately connected to this place of tunnels and dust. And gas?"
Document:Those who flaunt the poppy on their lapelsarticle5 November 2011Remembrance Sunday
Red Poppy
Why Robert Fisk stopped wearing a red poppy


Quotes by Robert Fisk

Sherard Cowper-Coles“Indeed, I remember way back in the late 1970s - when I was Middle East correspondent for The Times - how a British diplomat in Cairo tried to persuade me to fire my local "stringer", an Egyptian Coptic woman who also worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press and who provided a competent coverage of the country when I was in Beirut. "She isn't much good," he said, and suggested I hire a young Englishwoman whom he knew and who - so I later heard - had close contacts in the Foreign Office.
I refused this spooky proposal. Indeed, I told The Times that I thought it was outrageous that a British diplomat should have tried to engineer the sacking of our part-timer in Cairo. The Times's foreign editor agreed.
But it just shows what diplomats can get up to.
And the name of that young British diplomat in Cairo back in the late 1970s? Why, Sherard Cowper-Coles, of course.”
30 June 2007The Independent
Journalist“And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die.”


  1. "Robert Fisk Biography". London: Independent. Retrieved 12 November 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  2. David Wallis, ed. (2004). Killed: great journalism too hot to print. Nation Books. p. 388. ISBN 978-1-56025-581-9.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. Trager, Robert; Donna Lee Dickerson (1999). Freedom of expression in the 21st century. Pine Forge Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-8039-9085-2.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
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