Category: Eyewitness

I met Ratko Mladic and gave evidence at The Hague. This is how it feels to see a mass murderer finally jailed for life for his war crimes.

9 June 2021 By Paul Martin

Of all the war criminals and mass murderers I have encountered in 40 years of reporting in conflict zones, Ratko Mladic was the most chilling. The United Nations ex-Yugoslavia Tribunal’s final verdict — life imprisonment for genocide — brings back memories that even a hard-bitten war reporter finds hard to erase. ** Dead children’s graves […]

How I bought a missile in Baghdad.

8 June 2021 By Paul Martin

Here’s a story about how I found and ‘bought’ a Weapon of Minor Destruction — a missile — in the heart of Baghdad. Going fast in Iraq: the £300 rocket grenade launchers that can bring down a helicopter Paul Martin, Baghdad… which Alameen bought the RPG underlines the problems American forces face in restoring order […]

Forty years after Israel’s bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, there is still no Arab state with an atomic bomb. Does this prove the raid was justified?

7 June 2021 By Paul Martin

A sign on the desert road south of Baghdad, curiously in English not Arabic, pointed to what it described as an “Engineering Factory”. It was the only hint that there was something unusual to be found just off the beaten track. Until days before, this “Engineering factory” had been nothing less than Saddam Hussein’s project […]

UNESCO meeting applauds Mohamed film.

31 May 2021 By Paul Martin

Film-maker and broadcaster Paul Martin addressed a UNESCO meeting to discuss media freedom and reporter safety issues in the wake of his 26-day detention by Hamas while he was filming an ongoing story in the Gaza Strip this year. UNESCO MEETING APPLAUDS NEW MOHAMED FILM AND CONSIDERS MARTIN’S DETENTION AS INFRINGEMENT OF MEDIA FREEDOM. PARIS–  […]

A reminder: Battle of the kite bombers: Simple toys turn deadly in Gaza-Israel border protests.

12 May 2021 By Paul Martin

Violence continues to erupt along Gaza’s volatile border with Israel. here’s how we reported, for and with the Mirror newspaper, three years ago precisely. The Mirror’s Chief reporter is on the Gaza-Israel border where the kites are terrifying residents COMMENTS By Andy Lines [with Paul Martin] 22:21, 11 MAY 2018 Floating in the clear blue […]

Andy Green won 1.7 million pounds, but the betting company tried to stop him getting the money. Now, though he’s about to become rich, he’s angry — about the human cost of his battle.

11 April 2021 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin. Last Thursday (April 8 2021) Andy Green, 54, scored a massive court victory against Betfred, which now has to pay him 1.7 million pounds plus solicitors’ costs. The betting company had refused to pay him his winnings, claiming there had been a ‘glitch’.   But Andy Green, 54, says the three years […]