Al Jazeera employs correspondent who refused to go to Iraq

Al Jazeera International has appointed former ABC correspondent Richard Gizbert, the journalist who was sacked after refusing to cover the war in Iraq, as presenter of its world media review programme Listening Post.

The programme will offer a weekly insight into how the news is handled by the world’s media when the channel launches later this year.

Gizbert joins Al Jazeera International from ABC News, where he worked from 1993 to 2004. The veteran foreign correspondent, who has covered Somalia, Rwanda, Chechnya and Iraq, won a unanimous judgment in January from a UK employment tribunal that found he had been wrongly dismissed by ABC News for refusing to cover the war in Iraq.

ABC is appealing the judgment.

Gizbert said: "I am thrilled to be part of Al Jazeera International and to be bringing Listening Post to the English speaking world.

"We will challenge the norm — Listening Post will analyse state-run television and question where news stops and propaganda begins."

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