19th February 2004




The journalist who was famously captured by the Taliban will discuss the media distortion of the war in Iraq at the University of Lincoln next week.


Award-winning reporter Yvonne Ridley will be joined by the Eastern Daily Express journalist Mark Nicholls for the lecture entitled ‘Covering the Iraqi conflict: is truth the first casualty?’


Yvonne Ridley hit the global news headlines when she was captured (and finally released) by the Taliban in 2001.  Having secretly entered the country on an assignment for the Sunday Express she was captured just before the United States launched their attacks on Afghanistan.


Her experiences are described in her bestselling book ‘In the hands of the Taliban’.


She worked on the Northern Echo, the Newcastle Journal and the Sunday Sun before becoming investigative reporter for the News of the World and the Sunday Express.


Lincolnshire-born Mark Nicholls was embedded with the military during the Iraq invasion. He previously worked as features editor at the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, and as deputy editor at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.


The lecture will take place on Tuesday 24th February at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus.


Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


Yvonne Ridley and Mark Nicholls are the latest speakers in the ‘Journalists Speak Out on Journalism’ series organised by the university. 


Other speakers in the series include award-winning television investigative journalist Tessa Mayes and Roy Greenslade, commentator on the Guardian and Professor of Journalism at City University.


For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on 01522 886940.


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University of Lincoln

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