Much of Britain’s press was taken in by cynical manipulation when they accepted the case for invasion of Iraq, journalists at the Frontline Club involved in reporting the war and its lead up claimed on Wednesday. Speaking during a discussion on the role of the media in the Iraq war, journalists who were involved in […]
View in iTunes By Michael Haddon With a career spanning 30 years at the BBC, Richard Sambrook, director of the organisation’s global news division, has revealed how he once carried a resignation letter with him every day, in the expectation it would eventually have to be offered. That was in the torrid time after the Hutton Report into […]
Changing sides: BBC’s Richard Sambrook joins growing list of journalists who abandon the newsroom for PR
What is it that makes them switch? Higher salaries? Shorter hours? Whatever it is, there’s no shortage of senior BBC journalists making the move from the newsroom to the world of PR. The latest is Richard Sambrook, one of the highest-ranking journalists in the corporation, who is leaving the Beeb after 30 years to join […]
View in iTunes MPs, Westminster hacks and activists might be addicted to expressing themselves in 140 characters or less, but don’t expect this year’s general election to be decided on which party has the best social media strategy. But politicians and the media shouldn’t dismiss voters’ digital engagement either, according to a panel at a […]
By Alison Larsen Seven years after the Iraq invasion, The Chilcot Inquiry has stirred up old tensions about the rights and wrongs of American and UK military intervention. But what role did the media play in reporting the conflict? An estimated 3,000 journalists reported on the Iraq war, including 800 embedded with allied forces, […]
By Gouri Sharma It could take South Africans another two generations to release themselves from the inferiority complex acquired during decades of Apartheid. Expert panelists at a Frontline Club event to mark 20 years since Nelson Mandela’s release from prison spoke of the psychlogical and social problems still affecting the nation, despite the hope and […]
Understanding the Taliban: Experts warn military force is misplaced, as ‘psychological’ war rages on
View in iTunes Watch the full event here. As the United States and allied forces prepare to deploy 15,000 troops in southern Afghanistan to battle Islamic insurgents, experts are warning that the problem isn’t one of physical might but of completely misunderstanding what the Taliban is. In the week that the number of British soliders […]
Though some reporters may be guilty of over-oversimplifying the crisis left in wake of the Haiti earthquake, journalists can still aid the country’s reconstruction by reporting the truth on the ground. That was the broad consensus from panelists at a lively First Wednedsday debate at the Frontline Club, who chewed over the complex business of […]
UK and international forces will need to negotiate with insurgents, warlords and people responsible for serious human rights abuses in order to achieve stability and halt the deathtoll in Afghanistan, according to the UK’s out-going ambassador to the country. Mark Sedwill, speaking at a sold-out Frontline Club event ahead of the London Afghanistan Conference this […]
By Patrick Smith How will the UK General Election this year be won? By getting The Sun to root for you, or being the party that has the most attractive policies, or the least gaffes? Maybe when the date rolls around – perhaps in May – the winning party will be the one that connects […]
To charge or not to charge for online news? That’s becoming the defining question for an entire generation of editors, journalists and concerned readers at the start of the 21st century. While media owners plead there is a commercial value to their content – “news isn’t free to produce,” they say – online readers weaned […]
View in iTunes You can watch the event here. By Patrick Smith Journalists and human rights campaigners need to “expose the truth” behind the United States’ extra-judicial prison camps such as Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prison in Afghanistan. That’s the call from leading human rights lawyer and founder of the Reprieve charity Clive Stafford Smith. […]
Trainer – Simon Ruben The release of the 5D Mark II has caused a storm in the video community. A still camera which shoots 1080P video with the benefits of a full-frame sensor and interchangeable lenses – this camera has excited the minds and imaginations of professionals and independents the world over. The course is a hands on […]
This event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster James Delingpole In his new book David Aaronovitch deconstructs conspiracy theories – from Pearl Harbour to the assassination of Kennedy, the death of Diana and 9/11 – providing not only to provide ammunition against bizarre claims about moon landings and twin towers but also revealing the […]
Hala Jaber has won plaudits for her courageous reporting from around the world, particularly in Iraq, where she was one of the last correspondents to leave Falluja when it came under heavy bombardment by US forces. Named foreign correspondent of the year for the second year running in 2006, British-Lebanese Hala Jaber has shown continued […]
Chaired by Wendell Steavenson The Observer’s foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont will discuss his new book The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Drawing on his extensive experience, Beaumont examines the changing nature of war, focussing the human cost to the combatants and civilians in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq and Israel. “I […]
FULLY BOOKED: 2009 World Press Freedom Day Debate: Controlling the International Media in War- Are governments winning the Battle?
Our understanding of conflict is shaped by the images and information we receive, making far-reaching and penetrating journalism crucially important. Yet in every conflict, from the recent war in Gaza to the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka, all sides seek to use the media as a weapon. From overt intimidation and violence to censorship […]
Widespread refusal to recognise Andry Rajoelina as President of Madagascar and continued support for ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana means the island is likely to remain in turmoil for weeks to come. The army-backed takeover, which has been condemned as a coup by foreign powers including the United States and the African Union and the Southern […]
Download this episode View in iTunes Kenya’s abrupt descent into mayhem after President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election tarnished one of Africa’s most promising economies and badly damaged its tourism industry. And a year on since the UN brokered peace agreements were signed it seems apparent to all that Kenya’s underlying issues are still unresolved. There […]
World famous for his intrepid explorer’s style of photographing the most exotic places, Reza (as he is known) has covered most of the globe for National Geographic and other major international publications. This evening he’ll present and talk about a selection of work from his new book War + Peace. In the course of his […]
As the world’s fish stocks fall year by year the Life of the Ocean is further threatened by a new breed of pirate. Lured by an $80 billion industry and operating without licenses these pirates are ravaging fishing grounds with illegal nets and catching fish before they can even breed. Most shocking of all these […]
In competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this critically acclaimed animated feature delves into the repressed memory of director Ari Folman during his time in the Israeli Army fighting in the Lebanon War. Our collective amnesia of Folman’s real life horror is gradually exposed, through graphic novel-esque animation, to reveal a deeply personal and at times harrowing portrait of the futility of war.
Prompted by the murder of Ajmal Naqshbandi in Afghanistan in 2007, the Frontline Club has initiated the Fixer’s Fund – a special project to raise money for the families of fixers killed or injured around the world while working with the international media. Please support this worthy cause. The death of fixers and support staff […]
As part of Frontline’s continuing successful docdays partnership with Curzon cinemas we are pleased to present Rex Bloomstein’s new work, An Independent Mind. Here, the director tackles our most basic right – freedom of speech – and assesses how far individuals in different countries will go in order to preserve it.
Based on the book by Philip Gourevitch, Standard Operating Procedure is an Errol Morris film about the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
Critic, Roger Ebert has said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”
In Invisibles, five directors (Wim Wenders, Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Mariano Barroso and Javier Corcuera) have come together to give voice to the people affected by five humanitarian crises which have remained invisible to the world’s media.
The role of the frontline journalist is under scrutiny as never before. Reporters are regularly being singled out and killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere.
Focusing on the legendary African singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his son Femi, Suffering and Smiling depicts the father-and-son struggle to raise awareness about Nigeria.
Deliver Us From Evil is the story of Father Oliver O’Grady, the most notorious paedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church.
Has the Orange Revolution liberalised the Ukrainian media, and if so, have journalists done enough with greater freedom?
The Frontline Club’s inaugural Kyiv event examines whether the Orange Revolution liberalised the Ukrainian media.