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October 18, 2012

Marikana: undermining the ANC?

By Tom Meade "This is merely the worst, the most brutal, the most bloody of thousands of so called ‘unrest incidents’ we’ve had around the country. We have them on an almost daily basis." Cape Town based journalist and political commentator Terry Bell set the tone at last night’s insightful discussion of the Marikana massacre and South African politics […]


October 13, 2012

900 Days: myth and reality of the Leningrad blockade

By Lizzie Kendal  On Friday October 12, the Frontline Club hosted the UK Premiere of 900 Days, followed by a Q&A with director Jessica Gorter, and Anna Reid, author of Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege 1941-44


October 12, 2012

FULLY BOOKED UK Premiere Screening: 900 Days + Q&A

A haunting documentary about a tragedy that took place 70 years ago in Russia during the blockade of Leningrad. Director Jessica Gorter explores the distance between individual memory and a narrative imposed by censorship, propaganda and fear for political ends.


October 11, 2012

Prize Draw at the Frontline Club Awards 2012

Fancy a brand new iPhone 5? Or £500 to spend on luxury accommodation in New York or London with onefinestay? How about a photographic print from one of the esteemed photojournalists of VII Photo or credit to spend at Metro Imaging on your own prints? Have a browse through our Prize Draw prizes below to whet your appetite for the upcoming Frontline Club Awards on 25th October.


October 11, 2012

Communicating about Syria – A humanitarian perspective

By Sally Ashley-Cound The conflict and humanitarian issues Syria faces is at the forefront of many peoples minds at the moment, this was reflected by the full house that gathered at the Frontline Club’s panel discussion, Communicating about Syria – A humanitarian perspective on 10th October. Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News’ International Editor chaired a […]


October 10, 2012

Announcing the Frontline Club Awards 2012 shortlist

The shortlist for the Frontline Club Awards has been selected from nominations put forward by Frontline Club members, which included some excellent work from the past year in three categories: Broadcast, Photojournalism and Print. Five nominees, not listed here, are also being considered for the Frontline Club Tribute Award for their contribution to journalism and lifetime achievements.


October 9, 2012

Oscar Arias: Leader of Strength and Peace

By Jim Treadway "There’s a definite lack of leaders [today]," documentary producer Richard Symons commented to a Frontline Club audience on 8 October.  "Where are they?" Symons had just screened the third film in his and Joanna Natasegara’s series The Price of Kings, which explores the weight of leadership.  Previous films have focused on Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres. […]


October 8, 2012

Sneak Preview Screening: The Price of Kings – Oscar Arias

Following the portraits of Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres, directors Richard Symons and Joanna Natasegara now explore the notion of leadership through twice serving president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez. They examine what it takes to be a leader as well as the difficult choices that come with leadership.


October 5, 2012

Videos and violence – Defending Islam and free speech

By Nigel Wilson The online publication of the Innocence of Muslims video was the catalyst for violent and at times deadly protests in some countries. In the UK the series of events has pushed debates on freedom of expression and cultural sensitivity into the mainstream. For October’s First Wednesday an expert panel took to the […]


October 4, 2012

In the Picture – Narco Estado: Drug violence in Mexico with Teun Voeten

After three years focusing on the drug related violence destabilising Mexico, photographer and anthropologist Teun Voeten has just released his latest photobook Narco Estado. Voeten photographed the drug violence capital, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots such as Culiacan and Michoacan. He will present his images and speak about the collaborative and anthropological approach he adopted for the book, using introductory essays by El Paso based anthropologist Howard Campbell as well as Culiacan based writer Javier Valdez Cardenas.


October 2, 2012

Graham Greene: A Finger on the Pulse of the 20th Century

By Jim Treadway "He was there!" Director Thomas O’Connor said of English author and journalist Graham Greene (1904-1991), the subject of his documentary Dangerous Edge:  A Life of Graham Greene, which was viewed by a full house at the Frontline Club on 1 October. "There, you know, for 70 years, from one place to another, […]


October 1, 2012

FULLY BOOKED London Premiere: Dangerous Edge – A Life of Graham Greene

This remarkable portrait explores the life of author and playwright, Graham Greene, a man who traveled the globe to escape the boredom of ordinary existence. He became addicted to danger, was a doubting Catholic, a British spy and a manic-depressive who wrote critically acclaimed best selling novels spanning seven decades.


September 27, 2012

Tarun J. Tejpal: The Story of My Assassins – Part 2

By Tom Meade A descriptive portrayal of Indian political life and culture was painted by journalist and author Tarun J. Tejpal on Tuesday, 25 September as he discussed the background to his novel The Story of My Assassins. Tejpal founded Tehelka, the news organisation that has become renowned globally for its aggressive public interest journalism. Explaining the differences […]


September 26, 2012

Tarun J. Tejpal: The Story of My Assassins – Part 1

By Benedicte Page  Tarun J. Tejpal, founder of India’s news organisation Tehelka, famous for its public interest investigations, shared its inside story and his thoughts on Indian journalism in a discussion with the BBC World Service’s Shahzeb Jillani on 25 September at the Frontline Club. Tejpal related details of some of Tehelka’s most high-profile investigations, including […]


September 25, 2012

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September 25, 2012

In the Picture: Urban refugees with Andrew McConnell

 By Sally Ashley-Cound Aiming to dispel the familiar and stereotypical image of refugees living in camps World Press Photo Award winning photographer Andrew McConnell previewed a new body of work about the 50% of refugees now living in cities at the Frontline Club’s, In the Picture: Urban refugees with Andrew McConnell, on September 24. Taken over […]


September 24, 2012

In the Picture: Urban refugees with Andrew McConnell

Working in eight cities across four continents, Panos Pictures photographer Andrew McConnell has spent many months documenting the new reality for refugees. Through images, refugee testimonies and video, the resulting body of work presents a unique insight into the lives of urban refugees today and challenges commonly held stereotypes. From Somali refugees in Nairobi to Syrian refugees in north Jordan, and from Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur to Afghani refugees in New York, the story of where people flee when all is lost is changing.
McConnell will present his work at the Frontline Club in an event moderated by Dr Sara Pantuliano, Head of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).


September 24, 2012

Deadline Every Second: On the road with photojournalists

“I wanted to show the range that photojournalists do, and I wanted to somehow grasp the idea that they could be doing a basketball game in the afternoon and going to Haiti that night. I think it’s one of the most remarkable things that these people are able to do so many things and do […]


September 20, 2012

Ryszard Kapuściński: Where does journalism end and literature begin?

By Rebecca Omonira The significance of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński was the topic of a heated debate at the Frontline Club on 19 September. Fans and a few critics flocked to the Frontline Club to discuss the writers’ life with: renowned Polish journalist and recent Kapuściński biographer, Artur Domoslawski; Victoria Brittain, former associate foreign editor at the […]


September 19, 2012

Stumbling Over Truth: The inside story of the sexed-up dossier, Hutton and the BBC

Ten years on from the publication of the September dossier, Kevin Marsh, former editor of the Today programme, spoke at the Frontline Club on 18 September about the political firestorm in the aftermath of the Radio 4 show’s “sexed up” comments made by former Defence Correspondent Andrew Gilligan.
The insider story of what happened at the BBC during the fallout, documented in Marsh’s new book, Stumbling over the Truth, fills in a “massive piece of history” said discussion chair Roy Greenslade.


September 18, 2012

Friday deadline for nominations of the year’s best journalism

There are only four days left for Frontline Club members to nominate the best journalism they have seen this year in each of the following categories: Print | Broadcast | Photojournalism | Tribute.
The Frontline Club Awards for excellence in journalism aim to recognise recognise journalistic integrity, courage and independence of spirit, and include the work of freelances.


September 18, 2012

We Went To War: A Healing Portrait of Veteran Loneliness

By Jim Treadway In 1970, English documentarian Michael Grigsby released I Was a Soldier, which explored life after war for three young men returning from Vietnam to their homes in the heartland of Texas. Grigsby went back to Texas last year, rekindling his friendships with these men and their families, and telling their updated story in We […]


September 16, 2012

Frontline Club Awards Winner

Winners of the Frontline Club Award for journalism: 2011: Nick Davies and Matthieu Mabin 2010: Jerome Starkey 2009: Emilio Morenatti 2008: Yuri Kozyrev (special commendation for Arkady Babchenko) 2007: John D McHugh Winners of the Frontline Club Memorial Tribute Award: 2011: Anton Hammerl, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros 2010: João Silva 2009: Lasantha Wickrematunge 2008: Firle Davies […]


September 13, 2012

Obama’s reckoning?

By Nigel Wilson It was standing room only as an energetic audience gathered for the Frontline Club’s monthly showpiece First Wednesday. Chaired by the BBC’s ever exuberant Paddy O’Connell, a panel of political experts and commentators tackled the state of play as the US gears up for the Presidential election on 6 November. Following Mitt […]


September 12, 2012

Iraq Today: “A Sort of Grisly Stability” – Part 1

By Jim Treadway CBS News’ Elizabeth Palmer led an expert discussion at the Frontline Club on 11 September regarding the latest crush of violence in Iraq. The panel painted a portrait of a country desperately in need of peace, independence, rule of law, reconciliation with its traumatic past, and unity amidst hardening divisions along ethnic, class, […]


September 12, 2012

Iraq: Escalating violence and sectarian division – Part 2

By Lizzie Kendal In the past few months a fresh wave of violence has swept through Iraq. The 23 July saw the worst of these attacks when a string of coordinated bombings and shootings in 15 cities across the country left over 100 people dead and many more injured. But do these recent events really […]


September 10, 2012

Donate to Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC)

Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) was founded by Sebastian Junger in reaction to the death of his friend and colleague Tim Hetherington, who lost his life covering combat in the Libyan city of Misrata a year and a half ago. RISC trains freelance journalists in battlefield medicine and in April they completed their first […]


September 10, 2012

Screening: The Suffering Grasses – Iara Lee

Director and activist Iara Lee’s new film The Suffering Grasses caused more than a stir at the Frontline Club on the 7th September. Returning to the very start of this protracted and continuing struggle – graffiti scrawled by children on a wall in Deraa – the 52 minute piece documented the conflict through the eyes […]


September 5, 2012

Vaughan Smith packing for Afghanistan

As Frontline Club founder and independent video journalist Vaughan Smith prepares to embed with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan he talks through what he will be taking with him and why.


September 4, 2012

We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists

We Are Legion tracks the evolution of hacktivism from the ludicrous website 4chan- a mish-mash of memes, revolting images and heated discussions about Manga- through to the formation of Anonymous, which builds its backbone from declaring an international war on Scientology and gains it political purpose from Wikileaks and the battle for free information on the internet. Through interviews with hacktivists, scholars and the victims of hacking, we learn more about what motivates some members of this diverse group of young idealists.