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New York Times Foreign Editor to Explain Why Covering Iraq is "A War Like No Other"

Susan Chira, foreign editor at The New York Times, will be speaking at Pomona College on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. The title of her lecture is “Covering Iraq: A War Like No Other.”

From her journalistic vantage point, Chira will address the special security and logistical issues necessary in the war in Iraq. She will talk about how correspondents and editors cover a war that is both highly risky and highly contested.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that 93 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the invasion in 2003. Journalists continue to be abducted, and according to CPJ, there have been 43 kidnappings in Iraq since then.

Chira’s analysis—of how journalists and editors cover the war and communicate to the public—is critical as lives are risked. This month’s Gallup Poll asked whether it was worth going to war in Iraq. Of those polled, 61% opposed the war, 36% were in favor, and only 3% had no opinion.

Chira has been with The Times for more than 25 years and was named foreign editor  in January 2004. Before that she was editorial director of book development since September 2002. She had previously served as assistant foreign editor (1997-99), editor of Week in Review (1999-2002 section at The Times), and served as deputy foreign editor of the newspaper since February 1997.

This event will be held at Pomona’s Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont) and is sponsored by the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC). For further information, call, (909) 621-8611.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.