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Christiane Amanpour Quotes


Anchor of ABC News's This Week and formerly chief international correspondent at CNN, where she worked for 27 years.
(1958 - )

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

And I really believe good journalism is good business.
 

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.
 

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

But 17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars.
 

But to be self-obsessed is simply not o.k. for the most important country in the world, the United States, which affects every other country in the world.
 

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?
 

Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don't trust or like journalists anymore and that's sad.
 

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.
 

I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get.
 

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 have spent the past ten years in just about every war zone there was.
 

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.
 

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.
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I'm not an American but I have always had the outsiders' respect for the American people and the American way.
 

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

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

In Bosnia, little children shot in the head by a guy who thinks it's okay to aim his gun at a child.
 

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.
 

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


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