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Out There News

Paul's story

Joined Visnews TV agency after Reuters bought it. Set up UK bureaux for Sky News. Invented Reuters Financial Television.
Reuters News Editor, Asia in Hong Kong. Ran text/pix coverage of Tiananmen Square protests.
Reuters Editor, Japan. Ran 100-strong editorial operation. Relaunched Japanese financial news service. Had holiday in Syria as Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Left Asia slowly on Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator to Moscow.

Qalaat el-Kahf
Syria: ruins of castle built bythe Assassins, a 12th C version of Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda.
Photo: Paul Eedle

Reuters bureau chief in Cairo. Reported Muslim militant violence and Arab-Israeli peace process. Interviewed militants in N. Africa, Syria, Jordan, Sudan.

1994-95 Ran Reuters editorial operations in N. and S. America (650 staff in 40 bureaux). Rebuilt management team and created multimedia editorial centre in Washington.
Resigned to develop Internet journalism. Took mind-clearing trip by container ship across Pacific and wrote first plans in Australia, where my family emigrated in 1975.

President Mubarak
President Mubarak of Egypt objecting to my coverage of Muslim militant violence.
Photo: Aladin Abdel-Naby

1996-2001 Started Out There News with John West to create explorable multimedia documentaries - news as Myst. Site chosen as Yahoo Pick of the Year 1997. Developed seven further projects, including weekly audio show World from the Attic and children's site, Out There Reports. Built network of 40 correspondents in 30 countries but increasingly wanted to enable people to tell their own stories without journalists getting in the way. OTN's Diaries of Conflict on the war with Bin Laden featured in the Guardian and on CNN.

Brick Lane kitchen
The Brick Lane kitchen where most of Out There News's ideas were born.
Photo: Sue Eedle


2002 Reported al-Qaeda's mastery of Internet to maximise impact of its violence.

2003 Produced Channel 4 News's coverage of Iraq war, winner of International Emmy, BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards. Reported war for Financial Times.

2004 Filmed news feature in Saudi Arabia during height of al-Qaeda violence; made documentary about London-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih.

2005 Helped to start independent Iraqi news agency, Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq). Set up bureau in Baghdad to make news features for Channel 4 News and international syndication.

2006 Directed Jihad TV, on Al Qaeda's internet propaganda and its impact - or not - on young Arabs.

2008 Directed Hard Way Home, documentary about Iraq's refugee crisis. Baghdad bureau has now made more than 60 short films.

2010 Appointed Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English.


Iraq multimedia diary

Why are Iraqi children dying? Medicine and essential foodstuffs are not included in the UN sanctions, so whose fault is it that Iraqi children are dying of hunger and disease? April 1998

Hungry? Wait a year while we increase oil production. Iraq desperately needs to repair war damage to oilfields if it is to earn the money to pay for more food. 
April 1998

Are Gulf War depleted uranium weapons causing cancer in Iraqi children? April 1998

Is UNSCOM an independent UN body or a US-directed spy operation to undermine Saddam Hussein? April 1998

Iraq's Sufi mystics. I watched a man drive three daggers into his head. Then I had to pull them out. April 1998

Do-it-yourself guide to Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare protection. April 1998

Islamists in Egypt, Sudan, Algeria

Attack on Egyptian minister shows militants undefeated August 1993

Random bombs do not fit Egyptian militants' strategy March 1993

Muslim militants use United States as safe haven March 1993

Muslims linked to New York blast hate the West March 1993

Poor suffer most in Egyptian earthquake October 1992

Egyptian Muslim group warns tourists at risk September 1992

Islamic Group fights state for future of Egypt July 1992

Algeria trapped between democracy and repression August 1992

'Normality' means hunger and siege in southern Sudan May 1992

Sudan - terrorist haven or propaganda victim? May 1992

Sudan's beguiling zealot Hassan al-Tourabi's vision of Islamic revolution May 1992