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Roy Gutman is a is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his reporting in Bosnia and is author of Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987 and A Witness to Genocide. He is currently the Europe Bureau Chief at McClatchy Newspapers. He was also a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a Washington-based correspondent for Newsday.
Gutman grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended Haverford College ('66), where he studied history, and then the London School of Economics, where he received a degree in international relations.
Balkan War Reporting
Diana Johnstone analyzes Gutman's reportage during the Balkan wars (early 1990s), and raises numerous questions. In particular, Gutman's report on Jadranka Cigelj helped launch the "rape camps" hysteria. He is known to have associated with Cigelj for a long time, and she happens to be a senior propagandist in the Croatian government, and before that in the war propaganda department in Croatia. She was co-chairman of the rightwing HDZ party. It transpires that her claims of having been in a "rape camp" were fabricated, and that this was an elaborate hoax propagated by several US-based PR companies.
Resources and articles
- Diana Johnstone's Fool's Crusade -- this book contains an extensive discussion of Gutman's less than honorable activities during the wars in former Yugoslavia.
- Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, Morality's Avenging Angels: The New Humanitarian Crusaders, Znet, 30 August 2005.