Your wonderful and kind messages mean so much to us, as has your friendship, council and support over so many years. There is no prize in our trade that we could ever value as much as your belief in us.
- Vaughan and Pranvera Smith
Thank you to Stewart Purvis, Richard Gizbert, Tina Carr, Emma Beals, Allan Little, Mani, Stuart Hughes, Richard Sambrook, Jon Snow, Marina Litvinenko, Martin Bell, Tom Fenton, Anthony Loyd, Lyse Doucet, Bill Neely, Lindsey Hilsum, Charles Glass, John G Morris, Salim Amin, Liz Palmer Gary Knight, Jon Lee Anderson, Jeremy Bowen, Matt Frei and Jean-Jacques Gonfier.
On Wednesday 4 December the Frontline Club welcomed Jineth Bedoya Lima, a journalist with Colombian national newspaper El Tiempo and recipient of the 2012 International Women of Courage Award, to discuss her prolific journalistic career and work in combatting violence against women. The discussion, chaired by The Guardian’s Ed Vulliamy, largely focused on the “habitual, extensive, and systematic violation” of women in Colombia, the record levels of impunity for crimes of sexual violence, and Colombia’s peace process.
Whilst on assignment for the daily newspaper El Espectador in her native Colombia, Jineth Bedoya Lima was abducted, tortured and raped by members of the AUC, a right-wing paramilitary group. She was kidnapped again in 2003 by left-wing FARC guerrillas whilst investigating a FARC-held town forced into cocaine production. Vulliamy introduced Bedoya Lima with the statement that “in terms of courage and endurance and experience, there’s nobody…who knows what Jineth knows.”
L-R: Ed Vulliamy, Jineth Bedoya Lima, James Lupton
On 5 December we will be celebrating the Frontline Club’s tenth birthday at our annual members’ party. During the evening we will be raising money for the Frontline Fund, a special project launched in 2007 to raise money for the families of fixers killed or injured around the world while working with the international media.
Frontline Club founder Vaughan Smith will be auctioneer for the evening, so make sure you bring your chequebooks for a chance to bag some of the following prizes!
For you and three friends, win a VIP visit to the new “Beefeater London – the Home of Gin”. This will be London’s first gin visitor centre due to open in 2014 at the Beefeater distillery in Kennington. The visit includes a personal tour by the master distiller himself, a behind the scenes visit to the actual stills and secret stores of botanicals, and finally the inner sanctum of the Montford Bar – the distillery’s private cocktail bar for a private sampling of Beefeater’s range of award-winning gins in cocktail format. Complimentary goody bag to take away.
A copy of Afghanistan – A Distant War signed by Robert Nickelsberg and a print of one of the photographs. A stunning collection of Nickelsberg’s photography – it’s a moving and indispensable book that captures the whole sweep of the country’s tumultuous modern history. Nickelsberg is also kindly donating a 11″x14″ print from the book.
A signed 16″x12″ print by Gary Knight. The winner may choose any photograph from Gary Knight’s website: www.garyknightphotography.com. Reserve £300.
Jude armchair in white sand pure Belgian linen from Sofa.com.
Width: 59cm Height: 80cm Depth: 108cm Frame: Solid beech (Collection to be arranged from their warehouse in Hayes.)
A weekend for two at the Frontline Club, including a three-course dinner in the restaurant on Saturday night. Enjoy a weekend of wining and dining at the Frontline Club.
A year’s subscription to two fantastic magazines: Prospect & Granta. Prospect is Britain’s leading monthly current and foreign affairs magazine. The magazine was the only independent media organisation to win a prize at this years Foreign Press Association Awards. A subscription to Prospect also allows you to attend our exclusive reader events for a year – 2013 highlights included William Hague, Michael Sandel, Simon Schama and Jeremy Paxman. www.prospectmagazine.co.uk Granta is a magazine of new writing, showcasing the best in fiction, reportage, memoir, photography and poetry. www.granta.com
A weekend stay at Castello di Potentino in Tuscany, Italy. Kindly donated by Alexander Greene, the stay includes three nights for two couples at this idyllic and ancient castle nestled in an unspoilt valley in southern Tuscany. Potentino is a family home, and working wine and olive oil estate. The offer includes breakfast, wine tasting and dinner. Transfers and flights not included. www.potentino.com
Lunch with John Simpson at the Frontline Club. Sit down for lunch with the BBC’s renowned world affairs editor John Simpson. With a career that has spanned nearly half a century I am sure you will find plenty to talk about.
A stay at Gandamack Lodge, Kabul, Afghanistan and a much sought-after Gandamack Lodge teapot. Named after the legendary and fictional 19th century character Harry Flashman, and once home to Osama bin Laden, Gandamack is surely THE place to stay in Kabul. Courtesy of Peter Jouvenal. www.gandamacklodge.co.uk
A distinguished panel of journalists gathered at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 27 November to celebrate its tenth anniversary and to reflect, with great humility, on the past ten years of reporting from front lines around the world.
(L-R) Lyse Doucet, Shoaib Sharifi, Jon Snow, Bill Neely, Anthony Loyd
On Monday 25 November an audience gathered at the Frontline Club for a preview screening of the new biopic of Nelson Mandela, based on his autobiographical book, Long Walk to Freedom. The film, starring London born actor Idris Elba in the title role, intimately portrays the iconic figure throughout his life, against the complex political backdrop of apartheid- South Africa. The credits were met with rapturous applause from the audience. A Q&A session with the film’s screenwriter Bill Nicholson, chaired by the BBC’s Audrey Brown, followed the screening.
The beginning portion of the film depicts Mandela as a younger man. When asked whether he thought audiences might learn anything new about Mandela from the film, Nicholson suggested:
“The majority of people would not have been aware that as a young man he was a successful lawyer who wanted to get rich, who was very sexy, who was a womaniser, who was not interested in being a political leader. That, I think, will be relatively new to people.”
L-R: Bill Nicholson with Audrey Brown. Photo: Fred Heritage
What do a dead poet, organised crime and the air we breathe have in common? On Thursday 21 November the Frontline Club screened The Carbon Crooks – director Tom Heinemann’s exposé of the massive fraud and failures within global carbon trading schemes.
Heinemann introduced his picture thus:
“This film is a about a system where, one could say everybody are crooks, or nobody are crooks. . . . How can you nail a whole system? That was the challenge in this film. Maybe you’ll find a lot of crooks in this film, or maybe you’ll find no crooks.”
Director Tom Heinemann. Photography Credit: George Symonds
With the dangers of reporting and documenting conflict or uprisings claiming many lives every year, drones seem to be a practical and safe alternative to otherwise dangerous missions. On Wednesday 20 November, the Frontline Club hosted a panel discussion chaired by Richard Sambrook, professor of journalism at Cardiff University and a former BBC Global News director. The five-person panel debated the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the field, touching on ethics, law and the safety, as well as the advantages, it brings to journalism.
L-R: Tom Hannen, Professor Robert Picard, David Goldberg, Gerry Corbett and Richard Sambrook. Photo: Greta Hoffman
Mani, Sean Ryan and Stuart Hughes discuss reporting on Syria
It is becoming more and more dangerous to report from inside Syria. At the Frontline Club on 19 November a panel chaired by Stuart Hughes, a senior world affairs producer with BBC News and in association with the Overseas Press Club, discussed how reporting has changed since the conflict began and how journalists at all levels should approach it in the future.
In October the Frontline Club held a tenth anniversary exhibition at the Prix Bayeux Awards and on 13 November they welcomed Prix Bayeux to London for an event to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. The event brought together past winners who each presented their distinguished pieces of reporting and looked back on 20 years of reporting conflict.
The evening was opened by Jon Swain, award winning journalist and guest president of the Prix Bayeux jury, who explained how the awards are very much about the work produced rather than, as is often the case, who knows who. The discussion was chaired by Frontline Club founder and 2011 Bayeux-Calvados award winner, Vaughan Smith.
L-R Vaughan Smith, Adrien Jaulmes, Neil Connery, Christina Lamb and Jeremy Bowen
On 11 November, the Frontline Club hosted the screening of Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Finished less than a year after Vidal’s death, the film gave an intimate and in-depth insight into Vidal’s life and career as a writer and political commentator. The screening was followed by a lively Q&A with director Nicolas Wrathall.
Director Nicholas Wrathall taking questions from the audience. Photo: Greta Hoffman
The film starts with Vidal standing next to the tomb he has picked out for his companion Howard Auster and himself - it already has his name on it. From there, it takes the audience on an emotional journey through Vidal’s childhood and adolescence with his politician grandfather Thomas Gore, right up to his own career as a writer, political commentator and public figure. The film also touches on his friendship with famous people such as John F. Kennedy, Bruce Springsteen and Tennessee Williams, portraying a man “who was everywhere at once, all the time.”
Preview Screening: North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State
North Korea is the most totalitarian regime still in existence, yet knowledge of the outside world is slowly but relentlessly filtering in, in the form of USB sticks and wind-up radios. Channel 4′s Dispatches followed North Korean defector Mr Chung and Japanese journalist Jiro Ishimaru, who smuggle information and video footage in and out of North Korea.
On 5 November, No Fire Zone was shown at Riverside Studios as part of a series of Between the Lines follow up events hosted by Frontline Club and DocHouse. This documentary chronicles the last 138 days of the civil war in Sri Lanka, revealing the brutal tactics employed by the Sri Lankan army and government against the Tamil population. The screeninng was followed by a lively Q&A with director, Callum Macrae, who introduced the film as evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and warned the audience to prepare themselves accordingly for the images they were about to see.
The film uses footage taken by civilians, Tamil Tigers and government soldiers, plus testimonies from civilian survivors and UN officials, forming a harrowing and disturbing picture of the final stages of the 26-year civil war, where an estimated 40,000 – 70,000 Tamil civilians were massacred by the government’s military. The title of the film refers to the government-allocated no fire zones that were set-up as safe areas for Tamil civilians, which the military then purposefully attacked.
By Hodan Yusuf – Pankhurst, freelance multimedia journalist
Kathy Eldon is a journalist, activist, and author who has transformed a personal tragedy into a positive force for good. She spoke at the Frontline Club on 5 November about her son, Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old photojournalist who was one of four journalists killed in Somalia on the 12 July 1993. The group were beaten and stoned to death by an angry mob while covering the US bombing of a building in Mogadishu. For the last 20 years, through campaigning and filmmaking, Kathy Eldon and her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub have kept Dan’s memory alive and celebrated his life. They set up the Creative Visions Foundation, to support activists who use media and the arts to create social impact. Twenty years after his death, she has published her memoir In the Heart of Life: A Memoirwhich has just been released.
In 2007, what would become the most expensive Olympic Games in history was announced. Sochi, on the banks of the Black Sea and known as the Florida of Russia – complete with palm trees and sandy beaches – would host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.