Seymour Hersh. Photo supplied.
American Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist
Seymour Hersh (75) will be one of the speakers at this year's
Wanaka Festival of Colour, in April.
The festival programme will be announced this evening, but
festival public relations team member Sam White confirmed
yesterday Mr Hersh would be attending, along with New Zealand
investigative journalist Nicky Hager.
Mr Hersh writes for New Yorker magazine on military and
security matters, and according to biographical material won
a Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for exposing the My Lai massacre -
where American troops killed up to 504 unarmed South
Vietnamese civilians in March 1968.
He also reported on the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees by
American military police at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad in
Mr White said it was a ''coup'' to have Mr Hersh - ''a hard
hitter'' - take part in its Aspiring Conversations event
which runs alongside the artistic aspects of the festival.
''It just adds another dimension to an arts festival but the
Aspiring Conversations is usually one of the highlights.''
Festival director Philip Tremewan described Mr Hersh as
''probably the foremost investigative journalist in the
''He can talk about policies in areas that are of deep
interest to us all.''