An Interview with Boštjan Videmšek

“It seems to me that journalism is in itself a fight for human rights to stand behind all universal conventions, and if it is not, you are quick, if not immediately, on the wrong side of the month.” (Boštjan Videmšek, interviewed by Katja Miklavčič).

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As February draws to a close, we would like to share an interview with Boštjan Videmšek: author of Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage  (which, as eagle-eyed subscribers might recall: was released this month).

Please click here to access the full interview, where the reporter sits on the other side of the microphone to become the interviewee. Whilst the interview is initially in Slovene, the google page does offer translation into English.

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Don’t forget it’s not too late to still grab a 20% discount on Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage   from our website using the code: HUMANITY20

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