U.S. immigration officials refused Tuesday to allow Robert Fisk, longtime
Middle East correspondent for the London newspaper, The Independent, to board
a plane from Toronto to Denver. Fisk was on his way to Santa Fe for a sold-out
appearance in the Lannan Foundation’s readings-and-conversations series
According to Christie Mazuera Davis, a Lannan program officer, Fisk
was told that his papers were not in order.
Davis made last-minute arrangements Wednesday for Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica
Radio’s daily news show, Democracy Now!, to interview Fisk via satellite
from a television station in Toronto. He appeared on a large screen onstage
at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
The controversial British journalist, who is based in Beirut, filed many eyewitness
reports on the U.S. invasion of Iraq and criticized Western reporters for “hotel
journalism ,” a phrase he coined to describe correspondents who covered
the war from heavily fortified hotel suites and offices.