Colombia

Thursday 10 January 2019, 7:00 PM

The Price of Peace: An Evening With María Jimena Duzán

This Thursday the Frontline Club welcomes Colombia’s leading reporter, María Jimena Duzán, in conversation with freelance journalist and author Ed Vulliamy, to count the costs.


Tuesday 28 February 2017, 8:00 PM

Screening: Don’t Tell Anyone + Q&A

Angy Rivera has lived in the U.S. with a dangerous secret: she is undocumented. Now 24, after years of living in the shadows, battling a complex and inequitable immigration system, and facing an uncertain future, Angy joins pro-immigration rallies and proclaims she is “undocumented and proud” – her compelling journey places a human face on the current national immigration debate.


October 12, 2016

Displacement and demography: Colombia

“Not quite the evening we thought we were going to have”, began Ed Vulliamy, journalist for The Guardian and The Observer. A talk that was expected to celebrate the formal end to 52 years of civil war, ended up examinging why a much celebrated peace deal between the Farc and the Colombian government was rejected in a public referendum.


Tuesday 4 October 2016, 7:00 PM

Colombia’s Peace Deal: The End to the Americas’ Longest War?

After four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of civil conflict, paving the way for an end to the longest running war in the Americas. The asymmetrical Colombian Conflict lasted 52 years, claimed over 220,000 lives and displaced more than five million people. Can Colombia become a symbol of hope in a world wracked with conflict? We will be joined by a panel of journalists and experts to discuss this historic peace agreement and what it means for the people of Colombia.


December 5, 2013

Insight with Jineth Bedoya Lima “The bodies of women are weapons in all wars”

By Phoebe Hall 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 […]


Wednesday 4 December 2013, 7:00 PM

Insight with Jineth Bedoya Lima: Journalism, Kidnap and Colombia’s Peace Process

Colombia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Despite the constant threat, Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima continues to work tirelessly to investigate armed conflict, drug trafficking, organised crime and issues around women and violence. We are honoured to welcome her to the Frontline Club, she will be talking to Ed Vulliamy, a writer for The Guardian and Observer, about her prolific career as a journalist in Colombia, the work she does on conflict-related sexual violence and the ongoing peace process.


October 20, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 24 – 30 October

A weekly round up of world events from Monday,  24 to Sunday, 30 October from ForesightNews   By Nicole Hunt This week begins and ends with big trials, with German businessman Gerhard Gribkowsky’s high-profile corruption trial kicking things off in Munich on Monday. The former BayernLB risk manager is accused of accepting a £28m bribe […]


June 22, 2009

Narco wars season starts this week

The Frontline Club starts the Narco Wars season on the War on Drugs on June 23rd. The season is packed with films, discussions and events focussed on the topic of drugs from Colombia to Afghanistan and into South East Asia. Here’s what’s coming up, – June 23 – Photojournalist Jason P. Howe talks drugs in […]


June 12, 2009

The Narco Wars season is coming

The Frontline Club starts the Narco Wars season on the War on Drugs on June 23rd. The season is packed with films, discussions and events focussed on the topic of drugs from Colombia to Afghanistan and into South East Asia. Here’s what’s coming up, – June 23 – Photojournalist Jason P. Howe talks drugs in […]


February 10, 2009

No Colombian journalists killed in 2008

According to the Foundation for Liberty and Freedom of the Press (FLIP), no Colombian journalists were killed in 2008 for the first time in 23 years, A total of 130 journalists were killed in Colombia in the past 30 years. The organisation notes that Colombian journalists are still regularly threatened by terrorist organisations. FLIP reports […]


December 23, 2008

Looking back at 2008 in Colombia

The global financial meltdown dominated the news headlines across the world this year. But in Colombia it was, as always, the country’s armed conflict. What Colombians will remember 2008 for: The death of FARC’s iconic founder and leader, Manuel Marulanda, who led the guerrilla group for over 40 years. The death of Raul Reyes, Farc’s […]


August 3, 2008

Farc are weakened but prospects for peace remain remote

There’s been much speculation in Colombia and among international pundits about whether the Farc are on their way out. Thomas Shannon, US assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs echoes the views of many, when he recently said the Farc “are in their final phase.” One local analyst believes that in 10 years time, the Farc […]


July 10, 2008

Live tonight: Is this the end for FARC?

View in iTunes You can now watch the event here.  With the recent release of Igrid Betancourt, we’ll be discussing the future of the FARC at the Frontline Club tonight. Please come watch, listen and join in live on the Frontline Club live broadcast channel. We go live at 7.30pm GMT. The question up for […]


July 7, 2008

Is this the end of the FARC?

Bogotá based Frontline blogger Anastassia picks up the story of the recent escape of French/Colombian kidnap victim Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others, There are still political hostages being held by the Farc (including 27 policemen and 3 politicians). Some families fear that the guerrillas will carry out reprisals against their family members held in jungle […]


July 4, 2008

Those left behind in the jungle

The rescue of 15 hostages from the clutches of Farc guerrillas is probably the most important event in years in Colombia. It’s also probably the biggest political triumph of President Uribe’s six years in power. Colombia is rejoicing and enjoying a rare respite from its ugly and unrelenting conflict. The next couple of weeks will […]


April 21, 2008

What doesn’t make the headlines

Colombia is often misunderstood and misspelt. Here is a list of things about Colombia (the good and bad) that I believe don’t get the media attention they deserve and may even surprise you. Colombia is home to the second largest internally displaced population in the world, after Sudan. There are about 4 million displaced people […]


March 19, 2008

Far from over for FARC

They called him Toucan. His hooked nose and gold-teeth smile were menacing but also comical. His partner was stocky with closely cropped hair, neck and arms emblazoned with tattoos of saints and crucifixes. It seems that stereotypes exist for a reason and the Hollywood image of Colombian drug dealers was made real in this remote […]


March 6, 2008

Getting into Colombia’s top security jail

Contacts are often made at the bar after a few stiff drinks (well, that’s what I tell myself) but in this case, it started on the golf course. I’d promised The Financial Times to get an interview with any one of Colombia’s notorious ex-paramilitary warlords who were in jail. “That would be gold dust,” said […]


February 1, 2008

Colombians mobilize.

Millions of Colombians are expected to take to the streets on Monday in a protest march organized by several young Colombians on Facebook. The country’s main squares and thoroughfares will be filled with marchers dressed in white by midday. Joining Colombians, the march organizers say they have over 200,000 people signed up to simultaneously march […]


January 18, 2008

Anastassia in Bogotá

The first of our new bloggers is up and running today. Anastasia Moloney is a British freelance journalist based in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. She’s a regular contributor to the Financial Times, a contributing editor for the Washington-based website World Politics Review and she has previously blogged for The Guardian’s Comment is free. She’ll be […]


January 17, 2008

Letters from the jungle

Ingrid Betancourt, a former presidential candidate who has dual French-Colombian citizenship, is perhaps Colombia’s most well-known hostage. She was kidnapped along a motorway with Clara Rojas, her aide, six years ago while on the campaign trail. Her two children continue to campaign for her release. Last October, Ingrid wrote a letter to her mother in […]


October 7, 2007

Gonzalo Guillen exits Colombia

According to the BBC, foreign correspondent Gonzalo Guillen in Colombia has exited the country after receiving numerous death threats since Columbian President President Alvaro Uribe railed against him on October 3rd. [Guillen] has had to flee the country after being criticised by President Alvaro Uribe and receiving death threats. Mr Uribe accused Gonzalo Guillen of […]