Frontline Club bloggers

May 12, 2011

Thomas de Waal: Narrative of Peace necessary in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Caucasus Conflict Voices is a voluntary grassroots initiative to amplify alternative views on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh. Today marks the 17th anniversary of the 1994 ceasefire, but both sides are as far away as ever from signing a permanent peace deal. Marking the anniversary, the second […]


May 11, 2011

A Q&A with Julian Assange (part II): on Lockerbie, copycat leaks sites, and protecting whistleblowers

Yesterday WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice at the Frontline Club. You can read our report of events here. After Assange gave his acceptance speech, there was time for a question and answer session. He spoke in depth in reponse to many questions, giving insight […]


May 11, 2011

A Q&A with Julian Assange (part I): on the Arab Spring, phone hacking, and WikiLeaks’ ethics

Yesterday WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice at the Frontline Club. You can read our report of events here. After Assange gave his acceptance speech, there was time for a question and answer session. He spoke in depth in reponse to many questions, giving insight […]


May 11, 2011

Julian Assange Sydney Peace Prize: full audio

Yesterday at Frontine, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice. You can read our report of events here. Below you can find the audio of each of the speeches. Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees, director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, gives his introduction: Former SBS World News […]


May 10, 2011

Julian Assange receives Sydney Peace Prize at Frontline

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize gold medal for Peace with Justice at the Frontline Club this afternoon. Assange is now one of just four people to have been given the award. Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and a Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda are the only others […]


May 9, 2011

MRTV: Thousands of Mexicans march against drug violence, demand justice for dead

    May 8th 2011 – Thousands of protesters marched to Mexico City’s Zocalo Sunday demanding an end to the violence generated by President Felipe Calderon’s ‘war’ against drug cartels.


May 7, 2011

Bin Laden death sets up end game for the Taliban

If Pakistan has become such a dangerous place, as the joke doing the rounds of the streetside cafes goes, that even Osama bin Laden isn’t safe there, then the leaders of the Taliban waging war in Afghanistan had better start looking over their shoulders. Conjecture about the involvement of Pakistani authorities in the operation that […]


May 6, 2011

Is Silvio losing his grip?

Caught with his polls down, and, many believe, his pants down, the Italian prime minister – due in court in April on sex charges – faces ever-louder howls of outrage and calls to quit. His control of the media and populist touch have seen him through similar crises before, but can he escape this time? […]


May 5, 2011

Insects: new broadsheet photoessay

By Jean-Jacques Gonfier, from the Spring 2011 issue of the Frontline broadsheet (subscribe here) … Open publication


May 2, 2011

Media coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death on Storify

I’ve been collecting some interesting articles and tweets on media coverage of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday evening.  Rather than a usual ’round up’ style blog post, I thought I’d experiment with Storify to bring some of the strands together. I was impressed; it’s very easy to use and update. […]


April 30, 2011

Fukushima: in the shadow of the Semipalatinsk mushroom cloud

As Japan struggles to contain the Fukushima nuclear crisis, comparisons are being made with the Chernobyl disaster, which happened on 26 April, 1986, when an explosion and fire at the Ukrainian power station released enormous quantities of radioactive material across Russia and Europe. Deaths due to the contamination have been put close to a million. […]


April 18, 2011

Have our leaders learned nothing from the war in Afghanistan?

  Conversation among decision makers who gather in London’s private dining rooms has turned from Afghanistan to Libya. Over rare beef and fine wine, they voice concern that Western governments have again embarked on a rushed military adventure, in a far away place, on a vague premise, with no clearly defined goal, and no apparent […]


April 12, 2011

Report: Whistleblowers make the world a safer place debate (II)

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange makes his case at Kensington Town Hall. Photo by Sophia Spring. You can view the full event here.  This is part II of our report on the special debate, “whistleblowers make the world a safer place,” organised by the Frontline Club in collaboration with New Statesman magazine. Part I can be […]


April 11, 2011

Report: Whistleblowers make the world a safer place debate

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the event here.  Sir David Richmond makes his case against whistleblowing at Kensington Town Hall. Photo by Sophia Spring. More than 850 people crammed in to Kensington Town Hall on Saturday evening for our special debate in collaboration with New Statesman magazine, “this house believes whistleblowers make the […]


April 11, 2011

Mexican journalists get survival tips for covering drug-related violence

Mexico’s people desperately need quality journalism if they’re to understand what’s going on in this huge terrain. It’s my guess that as general elections approach in 2012, the suppression of reporters is only going to get worse.


April 6, 2011

Eight modern-day whistleblowers (part II)

Mordechai Vanunu talks to the press after winning his freedom in 2004. Credit: Getty Images   Concluding our run-down of some of the most prominent whistleblowers in recent memory….. Clive Ponting A former senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence, Clive Ponting leaked information about the sinking of Argentine warship General Belgrano in 1984. […]


April 5, 2011

The revolution ate my homework – Five Yemeni bloggers you should be following

Much of the West’s knowledge of what’s happening in Yemen at the moment is coming from a handful (I can count them on one hand) of foreign journalists based in the capital Sana’a. As brilliant as those guys are they’re no substitute for local Yemeni journalists who know both the language, the people and the […]


April 5, 2011

Eight modern-day whistleblowers (part I)

Daniel Ellsberg, publisher of ‘The Pentagon Papers,’ speaks at a press conference, 1970s. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images     This Saturday, the Frontline Club and New Statesman host a special adversarial debate, "this house believes whistleblowers make the world a safer place". Here we profile some of the most prominent whistleblowers in recent memory…   […]


March 31, 2011

Egypt’s digital revolutionaries: It’s not about the technology

The special joint event organised by the Frontline Club and the BBC Arabic Service brought together some of the key players, journalists and experts to discuss what has taken place in Egypt over the last few months. The first half of the evening at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, considered the role of technology […]


March 25, 2011

MRTV: The future of foreign reporting?

Frontline has asked me to blog about my work here in Mexico, as well as the process of setting up, making a living, trying not to get into too much trouble, and attempting to make ends meet.
So here’s the deal.


March 21, 2011

Five years since the first tweet: a Twitter revolution in breaking news

Today, Twitter is celebrating its birthday. Five years after the first tweet was published, its impact on the field of Internet communication and many others beyond has been much debated. Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt re-ignited the debate over Twitter’s role in the political process and whether the world has seen its first Twitter […]


March 15, 2011

Journalists in Yemen under pressure

Walking home in the orange light of the narrow streets of Sana’a Old City, the sila (sunken road) circling the ancient tower houses was the same as it is every night – deserted – bar the occasional check point of tired looking soldiers wrapped up in trench coats with kafiyas bound around their heads. I […]


March 10, 2011

Visualised: A day in the life of Twitter

Continuing an inadvertent theme on the blog, I’ve just come across this visualisation of a day in the life of Twitter by informatics researcher Chris McDowall: Mapping a Day in the Life of Twitter from Chris McDowall on Vimeo. It’s worth viewing in full screen, in HD, on Vimeo as you can see some of […]


March 5, 2011

Yemen Friday prayers protests: Last (wo)man standing

In the heat of the midday sun orderly rows of coloured prayer mats stretched for the best part of a mile. What should be one of the busiest roads in Sana’a filled with people, squeezing in and around hundreds of tents currently housing around a thousand activists, permanently camping on the road in a spectacular […]


March 2, 2011

China’s Twitter – inside Sina Weibo

I was reading a Foreign Policy article about the Chinese government’s "deep suspicion of social media and the Internet" which included a link to a very interesting presentation about Sina Weibo – one of several Chinese answers to Twitter.       Founded in August 2009, Sina Weibo had 80-100 million users by the end of 2010. […]


February 24, 2011

Where does Yemen sit in the Middle East domino theory?

With the winds of change blowing across the Middle East, people are busy combing the region for their next favorite to fall. After the resignation of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt nearly two weeks ago, most of the world’s attention has shifted to Libya and Bahrain where tens of thousands are calling for change and violent […]


February 19, 2011

Armenia: An online revolution in the making?

  Opposition Rally, Liberty Square, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia © Onnik Krikorian 2007 Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt have captured the attention of the world’s media and also encouraged and inspired other movements elsewhere, albeit in much bloodier ways as this week has shown in Bahrain and Libya. Not to be outdone, opposition groups in […]


February 18, 2011

The Minister formerly known as “Doktor” zu Guttenberg

Yes, Germany’s Minister of Defence, Dr. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has been previously mentioned in Frontline blog dispatches. However the latest scandal to dog the defence minister is his doctorate, or more specifically, large slabs of his doctor of laws dissertation that he is accused of cutting and pasting. Minister zu Guttenberg has denied the claims […]


February 17, 2011

What WikiLeaks has told us

Since 2006, the whistleblowers’ website WikiLeaks has published a mass of information we would otherwise not have known.  The leaks have exposed dubious procedures at Guantanamo Bay and detailed meticulously the Iraq War’s unprecedented civilian death-toll.  They have highlighted the dumping of toxic waste in Africa as well as revealed America’s clandestine military actions in […]


February 17, 2011

Visualising the Egyptian revolution through Twitter

"I was very lucky to get this data", André Panisson tells us. He made the serendipitous decision to perform a test run of a Python server that would collect Twitter statuses around a particular hashtag on 11 February – the day that President Mubarak announced he would step down in Egypt.   The following video documents […]