Frontline Staff


February 25, 2010

Britain’s press ‘duped’ in run-up to Iraq war

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 […]


February 24, 2010

Richard Sambrook on the future of journalism and leaving the BBC

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 […]


February 17, 2010

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 […]


February 17, 2010

Digital Election 2010: social media’s important, but not a kingmaker yet

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 […]


February 16, 2010

Iraq: Assessing the media’s role in seven years of war

  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, […]


February 11, 2010

Mandela’s walk to freedom remembered: South Africa still suffering effects of Apartheid

  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 […]


February 9, 2010

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 […]


February 3, 2010

First Wednesday: the reporting of Haiti so far – are journalists getting it right?

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 […]


January 26, 2010

UK’s Afghanistan ambassador stresses need to negotiate with ‘unsavoury people’

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 […]


January 26, 2010

Digital Election 2010: taking political campaigns from the doorstep to the inbox

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 […]


January 21, 2010

Another brick in the wall? Paidcontent conundrum poses more questions than answers…

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 […]


January 20, 2010

Clive Stafford Smith: Journalists need to dig deeper on Guantanamo truth

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. […]


November 16, 2009

EOS 5D Mark II Stills Camera Captured Moving Image Post-Production

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 […]


May 27, 2009

FULLY BOOKED Insight with David Aaronovitch- Deconstructing Conspiracies

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 […]


May 19, 2009

Insight with Hala Jaber: the human face of war

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 […]


May 12, 2009

Insight with Peter Beaumont: The Secret Life of War

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 […]


May 1, 2009

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 […]


April 27, 2009

Reactive: Madagascar- Roots of Turmoil with Stephen Ellis

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 […]


March 3, 2009

Media Talk: Kenya one year on – have the wounds healed?

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 […]


March 2, 2009

FULLY BOOKED – In the Picture with REZA: War and Peace – 30 Years on the Front Lines

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 […]


February 27, 2009

Preview Screening: The Deadline

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 […]


November 18, 2008

Gala Screening: Waltz With Bashir

wwb.jpgIn 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.


October 23, 2008

What is the Fixer’s Fund?

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 […]


September 14, 2008

Docdays Screening at the Curzon Soho: Premiere: An Independent Mind

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.


July 13, 2008

Frontline Screening at the Curzon Soho: Preview – Standard Operating Procedure

25standard01_600.jpgBased 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.”


December 16, 2007

UK PREMIERE at the Curzon Soho: Invisibles

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.


November 13, 2007

Is it over for Frontline Reporting? — NEW YORK – FULLY BOOKED

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.


September 30, 2007

Screening at the Arcola Theatre: Suffering and Smiling

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.


September 9, 2007

Screening at the Curzon Soho – Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil is the story of Father Oliver O’Grady, the most notorious paedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church.


June 20, 2007

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.