|Abd al-Bari Atwan|
|Born||Abd al-Bari Atwan
February 17, 1950
Deir el-Balah, Gaza Strip
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Other names||Abdel Bari Atwan|
|Employer||Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper|
|Known for||Newspaper Editor-in-Chief|
|Religious beliefs||Sunni Muslim|
http://www.abdelbariatwan.com Arabic: http://www.bariatwan.com
He was born on February 17, 1950 in Deir el-Balah, a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, two years after the creation of Israel. His Palestinian parents Zilfa and Muhammad Atwan lived in the Palestinian seaside village of Isdud.
In 1970 he entered Cairo University where he studied journalism and also received a diploma in English-Arabic translation. After his graduation he started work as a journalist, first with the al-Balaagh newspaper in Libya, then with al-Madina in Saudi Arabia. In 1978, he moved to London, where he has lived ever since, and assumed a job with al-Sharq al-Awsat, a major Saudi-owned international daily. In 1980 he set up the London office of al-Madina and in 1984 returned to al-Sharq al-Awsat.
In 1989, al-Quds al-Arabi was founded by expatriate Palestinians and Abd al-Bari Atwan was offered the job as editor-in-chief, which he has held since. The paper has as of 2007 grown into one of the major pan-Arab dailies, and is known for its strident Arab nationalism and defense of the Palestinian cause. It has been banned and censored repeatedly in several Arab countries for vocal criticism of what the paper alleges is their autocratic rule and excessive deference to Israel and the USA. As editor of al-Quds al-Arabi, Abd al-Bari Atwan has become a well-known Arab public figure, and is a regular guest on Dateline London on BBC World, Sky News, Al Jazeera English and CNN World, as well as on several Arabic-language networks.
In 1996 Abd al-Bari Atwan interviewed Usama bin Laden. He had to travel through the mountains, dressed in Afghan clothing. He later called the experience his "most frightening trip". His impression of bin Laden was that he is "a phenomenon, extreme". He stayed in the caves for four days, sleeping in primitive conditions in sub-zero temperatures.
In a scheduled visit to the Brisbane Writers Festival in September 2007 Atwan's visa was reported as being blocked  by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Subsequently this turned out to be over-enthusiastic reporting. Mr Atwan had in fact only been delayed by ASIO for less than four weeks. ASIO is reported to have said "It is false to suggest it's anything to do with the media campaign or conspiracy theories, We had to seek some additional information. Dr Atwan's application was treated like everybody else's".