THE PLANK JULY 30, 2007
The New York Times Magazine had a fascinating piece yesterday written by an Iraqi "fixer." As anyone who has ever worked with a fixer (savvy locals who translate, drive, arrange interviews and generally keep their clients--reporters--from getting killed) can relate, these people are the unsung heroes of international journalism. The former Times fixer who wrote the piece, Ayub Nuri, is now studying at Columbia University. Despite his stellar credentials, it wasn't easy for him to get there.
Earlier this year, the Editors pleaded with the administration to relax its visa restrictions for Iraqis who aided Americans. Fixers, though not official government employees, ought be given special consideration.