Raymond Bonner

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Raymond Bonner "is an American investigative reporter for The New York Times.

"He has also contributed to The New York Review of Books.

"Bonner is perhaps best known as one of two journalists (the other was Alma Guillermoprieto of The Washington Post) who broke the story of the El Mozote massacre, in which some 900 villagers at El Mozote, El Salvador, were slaughtered by the Salvadoran army in December, 1981. A Times staff reporter at the time, Bonner was smuggled by FMLN rebels to visit the site approximately a month after the massacre took place. When the story broke simultaneously in the Post and Times on January 27, 1982, it was dismissed as propaganda by the Reagan administration, as it seriously undermined efforts by the US government to bolster the human rights image of the Salvadoran government, which the US was supporting with large amounts of military aid. The Times was strongly criticized by the US government for running the story, and the newspaper was pressured to pull Bonner from the Central American desk. He left the Times shortly thereafter but still contributes to the paper as a freelance correspondent." [1] Wiki


  • The Agony of El Salvador (Times Books, 1981).
  • Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador (Crown, 1984). Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
  • Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy (Crown, 1987). Winner of Overseas Press Club, and Sidney Hillman Foundation awards for best book on foreign affairs.
  • At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife (Vintage, 1993).

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  1. Raymond Bonner, economicexpert.com, accessed October 14, 2008.