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Peter Preston

Peter Preston

    When press freedom faces the void
    When press freedom faces the void
    It was the last big British press crisis: in 1990 journalists from the Sunday Sport sneaked into the hospital bedroom of the gravely injured...
    Unsung reporters continue to die for freedom
    Unsung reporters continue to die for freedom
    Last Monday, the day dominated by Bin Laden's death, was also something you may have missed: World Press Freedom Day. A certain symmetry? Perhaps,...
    US media renews its romance with the British royals
    US media renews its romance with the British royals
    One fascinating thing about the royal nuptials was deciding why some 850 reporters from all over the world descended on London to vamp up an...
    Vietnam, minus the jungle
    Vietnam, minus the jungle
    There is, said the American secretary of defence, no certainty "that a conventional military victory, as commonly defined, can be achieved here ......
    Playing the boycott game
    Playing the boycott game
    You can write much of the script for London 2012 already: the tube strikes, the cost over-runs, the security computers that won't work and the...
    Pakistan's borderline problem
    Pakistan's borderline problem
    It's not just Bin Laden's deputy turning up on channel as-Sahab last week promising to pulverise the United Kingdom's honours committee for...
    Will this presidential race throw up an American idol?
    Will this presidential race throw up an American idol?
    Consider the Jim Webb phenomenon. Two decades ago, he was a loyal Republican serving in the upper reaches of Ronnie Reagan's administration. Six...
    The shifting sands of history
    The shifting sands of history
    There was something curiously cuddly about the man Churchill called "Uncle Joe". He may have been a blood-drenched tyrant -- obliterating his own...
    The London legacy
    The London legacy
    Newspaper takeovers, at least in legend, are supposed to be about power or cash or ambition — and sometimes all three together. But sometimes, just very occasionally, none of those things come into the frame....
    Suffering the wrath of gods
    Suffering the wrath of gods
    Disasters are always most poignant, most chilling, when you know the terrain and the people. So I had stood on the sea wall in Galle, watching kids...
    Don't forget Gleneagles
    Don't forget Gleneagles
    So, in an instant, the pages of history were reordered. London bomb coverage, pages one to 16; Africa and climate change, pages 17 to 18. If the...
    Popcorn from the 9/11 rubble
    Popcorn from the 9/11 rubble
    Here, maybe, is the way the Hollywood world ends: not with a bang, but a stinker. Enter another bloated Spielberg epic, weighed down by $180-million in computer contrivances and syrupy strings. Stand by for one more dodgy attempt at putting HG Wells on screen. But this time, for this...