John Kampfner

John Kampfner

John Kampfner is the author of 'Freedom For Sale', published by Simon & Schuster. He is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the world's leading free expression organisations. In late 2009 Index launched a successful campaign to change UK libel laws. Kampfner was Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008

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Friday, December 23, 2011
How Did Obama End Up Appeasing the Neocons?
Last Saturday, as normal people were doing their Christmas shopping, I was hidden away in a Sky television studio in debate with a neocon. I was discussing the treatment of Bradley Manning, the American serviceman accused of leaking secrets to WikiLeaks, with John Bolton, one of the leading lights of the American right.
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Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tony Blair: Blackmailed by Dictators
This much we knew already: Tony Blair's administration is riddled with double standards and hypocrisy in its international dealings. But Lord Goldsmith's announcement that the Serious Fraud Office was calling off its investigation into alleged corruption involving BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia dragged matters to an all-time low.
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Friday, April 29, 2005
Tony Blair: The Blundering Actions of a Desperate Man
The story is worse than people think. Now that the government has been forced to disclose the full legal advice submitted by Lord Goldsmith, the extent to which Parliament and the country were misled is clear for all to see.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
In The Real World, Iraq Does Matter
Last week I was at a seminar in which a small group of ministers, academics and commentators were discussing the morality of politics, and how a disillusioned public could be re-engaged. We talked of the role of the media, of the need for politicians to be more candid in their approach to issues ranging from tax-and-spend to immigration. We all nodded sagely. Then one of our number suggested we were missing the point: "The elephant in the room is Iraq."
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Thursday, May 15, 2003
The Truth About Jessica Lynch
Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war. An all-American heroine, the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. It couldn't have happened at a more crucial moment, when the talk was of coalition forces bogged down, of a victory too slow in coming.
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