John Pomfret

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Professions: Journalist, Writer

Nationality: American

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The work is a calling. It demands that type of obsession.

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When you do a job like this you have to like having cold sweat on your back.

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I think to a certain extent in Bosnia and among the Hutus in Rwanda and also among the Tutsis in Rwanda who then took revenge on the Hutus, there is a sense of being swept up and a sense that the society in which they live has gone mad.

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Good journalism, I think, represents life and if you try to organize something too neatly it usually blows up in your face and doesn't really happen the way you want it to.

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For me the much more significant question is what did the Americans do, if anything, to help the Croatian army, because they are the ones that changed fundamentally the map of Bosnia, not the Bosnian army.

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Srebrenica was a horrendous war crime and it had to be uncovered.

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I had my life threatened by Bosnian Serbs on numerous occasions.

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The one indication that I got that I was doing the right job in Bosnia was that at different periods of time all the factions came down very hard on me.

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I've been shot at on numerous occasions.

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I think that's the main threat in Bosnia and Rwanda and Zaire. There doesn't seem to be much willingness to engage these problems unless they directly affect national security interests.

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And when they do spin out of control there are important ramifications that affect America, not just its direct national interest but its broader interests as a nation which has thought of itself as a beacon to other nations, of freedom, liberty, democracy, whatever.

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My main form of transportation at that time was a bicycle, because bicycles could move though the crowd.

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I was posted to China in the summer of 1988, which was the greatest time ever, I think, to have been in China.

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One of the problems that we have as American journalists is that we bring the American cultural baggage with us and we plop it down and it follows us around and that's just a fact of life.

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I think some of the best reporters are the ones who can really illustrate the differences between societies, at the same time trying to connect the fact that there are a lot of shared values in addition to those differences.

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A lot of times when we work overseas we tend to put the experience of someone who lives overseas, a Chinese person or a Korean person or a Bosnian person, within the prism of an American life.

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Whereas with foreign coverage there's a much broader disconnect between you and your audience.

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Working overseas is more difficult in that it's much more complicated to get people to open their hearts to you and to tell you information.

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In some ways the domestic reporting is a lot easier because Americans will talk to you about anything.

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Stanford had no journalism program so I just learned by doing, effectively.

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