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Backpack Journalism at Spain Human Rights Fest

GIJON, Spain, 3 July 2009 — Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Javier Bauluz (left) joins Paco Ignazio Taibo II at a news conference announcing details of upcoming events in the city of Gijon, Spain. Bauluz is director of the 13th Encuentro Internacional de Fotoperiodismo, Ciudad Gijon, that runs from 10-19 July this year. Taibo, a world-renowned […]

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And the Casualties Surge Again

26 JUNE 1979 — Casualties mount during a surge of fighting between Sandinista rebels and members of the Nicaraguan National Guard. Seen with a towel over his shoulder making pictures of a wounded man is John Hoagland, at that time a freelance photojournalist for the Associated Press (AP). John and I covered part of the […]

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… Doesn’t Last Long

25 JUNE 1979 — A tenuous lull in fighting erupts into gunfire between members of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) (above) and the National Guard of Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza. The image making and storytelling skills I acquired during this conflict are the foundation of my role today as backpack journalist. As we mark […]

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A Break In the Battle …

25 JUNE 1979 — Anti-government rebels holding positions behind barricades take a break from the battle against Nicaragua’s Somoza dictatorship. Into these poor “barrios” or slums, journalists like myself ventured each day to document the conflict. And because the vast majority of the foreign press corps had fled the country after the killing of ABC […]

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Sandinistas Hold Managua Barrios

25 JUNE 1979 — Sandinista insurgents like this one occupy slums ringing the Nicaraguan capital. Government planes shoot rockets and dump explosives on their positions, causing horrific civilian casualties. Those of us in the press corps who remain in Nicaragua after Bill Stewart’s execution and subsequent media evacuation witness the spread of the conflict, quite […]

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… As Fighting Rages

23 JUNE 1979 — Members of Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza’s National Guard move into poor “barrios” of eastern Managua to rout guerrilla fighters of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) who have launched a “Final Offensive” to overthrow the U.S.-backed regime. The image making and storytelling skills I acquired during this conflict laid the foundation […]

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