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Christiane Amanpour
January 12, 1958 -
Nationality: English
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: English Journalist

And one thing that I always believed and that I knew for certain was that I could never have sustained a personal relationship while I worked this hard, or while I was that driven this intensely by the story.


I was really just the tea boy to begin with, or the equivalent thereof, but I quickly announced, innocently but very ambitiously, that I wanted to be, I was going to be, a foreign correspondent.


Yes, you are running businesses, and yes, we understand and accept that, but surely there must be a level beyond which profit from news is simply indecent.


I have made my living bearing witness to some of the most horrific events of the end of our century, at the end of the 20th century.


I was planning, I told everybody, to take him on the road with me. At the very least I fully expected to keep up my hectic pace, and my passion as a war correspondent.


If you have a child, I said, you have a responsibility at least to stay alive.


And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.


We hear foreign accents on CNN. It's crazy, it's wild, who knows, maybe they'll take you because you certainly don't fit in, in the American spectrum of news.


In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press.


In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.


We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership.


For instance, why are we terrorizing this country, leading with murder and mayhem, when crime is actually on the decline, as somebody, as somebody mentioned?


Our industry has invested so much money in technology that perhaps it's time to invest in talent, in people.


If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have any respect for ourselves and what we do?


Because if we the storytellers don't do this, then the bad people will win.


What we do and say and show really matters.


Indeed in the full flush of journalistic passion and conviction I once told an interviewer that of course I would never get married. And I most definitely would never have children.


I am no longer sure that when I go out there and do my job it'll even see the light of air, if the experience of my network colleagues is anything to go by.


And I really believe good journalism is good business.


They take journalism really seriously because they know the force that it is and can be.


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