Students score coup as Fisk to speak on Middle East

A STUDENT society has pulled off a major coup by securing one of the world’s best known journalists for an address in Cork next month.

The Independent’s Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk, a seven-time winner of the International Journalist of the Year award, will discuss the relationship between the West and Islam at the University College Cork (UCC) Law Society’s lecture on November 4.

He will be interviewed on stage afterwards by Irish Examiner columnist Stephen King. The event is supported by A&L Goodbody.

Fisk holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.

He is internationally renowned for his coverage of the Middle East over more than 30 years, having lived in Beirut since 1976.

He also interviewed Osama bin Laden three times between 1994 and 1997.

“Fisk is known as an opinionated and passionate speaker, who believes that the function of a journalist is to ‘challenge authority, all authority, especially so when governments and politicians take us to war’,” a Law Society spokesperson said.

Fisk’s address in Cork will cover a variety of subjects, with a particular focus on his views on the historical and developing relationship between the Middle East and the West.

The lecture will take place in the Boole 4 lecture theatre in UCC.

A limited number of tickets are available to the public and can be reserved by emailing

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