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Seymour Hersh on How Bush Administration Overran the American Constitution with the Aid of the American Press during the Vietnam War

6 apr 2009, archived in conferences

I took part to the International Journalism Festival held in Perugia (1-5 April 2009), an Italian international meeting for whoever witnesses, chooses, collects, writes, and distributes news, and media professionals.

The keynote speech was given last Saturday, April 4 by the invetigative journalist Seymour Hersh, of the American weekly The New Yorker. The topic was how the Bush administration overran the American Constitution with the aid of the American press, therefore, the relationship bewtween media and politics. This is the full video of Hersh's speech.

Hersh first came to prominence with his reports on the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam in March 1968, in which 347 to 504 unarmed citizens, entirely civilians, were mass murdered by U.S. soldiers. For his book Hersh received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. More recently he broke the news on the mistreatment by US soldier of prisoners at Abu Ghraib (Iraq) in 2004.