John Martinkus – Video Journalist

LikemanyDatelinevideojournalists,JohnMartinkusreportsfromwarzones.

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Lastyear,hereturnedtoIraqforthefirsttimesincehiskidnappingtherein2004.EmbeddedwithAmericantroops,hisstoryillustratedjusthowhardtheirtasktokeepthepeaceandrebuildthecountryhasbecome(Iraq'sDeathValley).JohnalsomadeanothertriptoAfghanistan,followingAustraliantroopsintheireffortstowintheheartsandmindsofthepeople(TacklingtheTaliban).

JohnfirstcametoDatelineinmid2004andsincethenhe'sreportedextensivelyonAustralia'sinvolvementinAfghanistan,becomingtheonlyAustralianjournalisttotravelfreelythroughthedangeroussouthernprovinceofUruzgan,ratherthanbeingembeddedwithtroops.In2005,heandcolleagueStephenDupontbrokethestoryofAmericansoldiersengaginginpsychologicalwarfarebyburningthebodiesofTalibanfighters.TheirworkwashighlycommendedbyWalkleyAwardjudges.

LikeallDatelinecorrespondents,John'sworkisoftendangerous.He'svisitedIraqonseveraloccasionsandinOctober2004hewasabductedbySunniinsurgentsandheldfor24hours.Anotherstorythatresultedfromthattrip,InsideSadrCity,receivedaWalkleynomination.

BorninAdelaidein1969,JohnstudiedpoliticsandinternationalrelationsatMelbourne'sLaTrobeUniversity.In1994hebeganregularvisitstoEastTimor,filingstoriesfornewspapersinAustraliaandNewZealand.

From1998-2000JohnlivedinEastTimor,reportingforAssociatedPress,AustralianAssociatedPress,FairfaxandTheBulletin.Duringthistimehecoveredthenation'sbidforindependenceandthebloodyconflictthatresulted.HewroteADirtyLittleWar(RandomHouse2001)whichwasshort-listedfortheNewSouthWalesPremierAwardsandhewasnominatedforaWalkleyawardforhiscoverageoftheviolence.

In2002JohnspenttimeinWestPapuaandPapuaNewGuinea,resultinginthepublicationofParadiseBetrayed:WestPapua'sstruggleforIndependence(BlackInc2002).

In2004hewroteIndonesia'sSecretWarinAceh(RandomHouse2004)whichprovidesanunprecedentedandcomprehensiveaccountoftheconflictastheIndonesianmilitarysoughttohideitfromtheoutsideworld.

AlsothatsameyearJohnspenttimeworkinginIraqforDatelineandgatheringmaterialforhisbookTravelsinAmericanIraq(BlackInc2004).

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