Industry: Media & Marketing
As editor of the exceptionally popular and entirely independent Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper, based in London, Abdel Bari Atwan plays a vital role in bridging the divide between East and West.
While his work is read by millions of Muslims worldwide, he also makes frequent appearances on debates televised by the likes of CNN, Al Jazeera English and Britain’s Channel 4 News.
Born in the Gaza Strip in 1950, Atwan’s editorial is stridently supportive of the Palestinian cause, and has also in the past outlined controversial opinions on other Arab states and their links to the West. Such views, which included an opposition to the first Gulf War and sympathy with Saddam Hussein, have led to his newspaper being censored and even banned in some states.
Now a British citizen, Atwan is still perhaps most famous for his 1996 interview with Osama Bin Laden, and is the last Western journalist to have access to the Al Qaeda leader. He described the visit to see Binladin, in the Tora Bora mountain ranges of Afghanistan, his “most frightening trip”.