Baker Atyani: Veteran Journalist
Baker Atyani is a veteran journalist and an expert on Militant groups in Asia, covering conflict zones in Asia for the past 18 years He was the last journalist to interview Usama Bin Laden before 9/11. He interviewed the main militant leaders in Asia He also produced numerous documentaries, articles, and investigative stories on Asia. He was kidnapped by one the sub factions of “Abu Sayyaf Group” in Sulu Islands in south of the Philippines while working on a documentary on the Conflict in Mindanao Islands in the Philippines. Baker spent 18 months in the jungles of Sulu from 12 June 2012, till he got his freedom back on 04 December 2013. He is a regular speaker in many platforms on Militant groups in Asia and in the Middle East.
He is currently the Al-Arabiya News channel’s expert on militant groups in Asia Baker was honored by UN December 2013 for his contributions as a journalist. He received “Courage in Journalism” award from mbc Group. The Mai Chadiac Foundation (MCF) honored him with “Exceptional Courage in Journalism” award in Sep 2014.
Video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8GxnOjaSFk&t=70s
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