British journalist Chris Hedges on being arrested and facing prosecution in China

British journalist Chris Hedges has spent three decades covering conflict in 80 countries, including campaigns against the Vietnam War, the 1988 Lebanon War and Rwanda. In addition to his work for The New York Times, he has appeared frequently on CNN, BBC and various other networks, and regularly features on The Rachel Maddow Show and The Daily Show.

Inspired by the work of acclaimed Edward R. Murrow and Edward R. Murrow’s longtime producer, Ned Weeks, Hedges has established Human Rights Foundation since 2000 to support and advocate for journalists and writers imprisoned for their work.

Hedges is the author of Hotel Rwanda, The Big Lie: The Fall of Truth and the Rise of a President, and A Dream From Obama: Reflections on Our Divided and Fragmented Nation. His investigative reporting has also appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and other national media.

Hedges has received numerous awards, including the Albert Sabin Humanitarian Award and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award. He has been a recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a White House Fellowship, both courtesy of the Center for American Progress.

In 2000, Hedges launched a campaign to spread public awareness on the brutal persecution of journalists in China. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for Journalism from the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2015, he co-founded The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with ICIJ founder Russ Belville to gather allegations and data on corruption and conflict in more than 170 countries. ICIJ has since garnered more than 2.7 million page views for its reports on political corruption across the globe. Hedges will discuss his work on behalf of journalists and other reporters at the Scottish Review of Books Theatre Festival.

Please join us to join Hedges in giving testimony at a press conference on Friday 14 August, 2018 (12-1pm); at the Royal Horticultural Halls, 3 George Square, Edinburgh; and at the Ben Scott Theatre on Saturday 15 August, 2018 (12-1pm). Visit for details on how to get tickets for Hedges’ appearances.

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