Europe

January 31, 2012 7:00 PM

Italy after Berlusconi: What now for media freedom?

On 12 November the longest-serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi resigned after losing his majority and public support.

While no longer Prime Minister, he continues to control one half of the countries terrestrial TV market and his company Media Set is a big player in the print and advertising sectors. Will Berlusconi continue to wield influence and manipulate the government through his party and media ownership?


October 13, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 17 – 23 October

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 16 to Sunday, 23 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt   The UN Human Rights Committee session opens on Monday in Geneva, with the situation in Iran on the agenda for the first two days. Meanwhile, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator […]


October 7, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 10 – 16 October

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 10  to Sunday, 16 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt The two men charged with the April 2010 murder of South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche go on trial in Ventersdorp on Monday. Chris Mahlangu and an unnamed teenager are accused of killing the leader […]


September 25, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 3 – 9 October

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 3 October to Sunday, 9 October from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt Though it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of which Silvio Berlusconi trial is currently in court, Monday sees the resumption of the most infamous of his four cases, in which he faces charges for abuse […]


September 8, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 12-18 September

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 12 September to Sunday, 18 September from ForesightNews By Nicole Hunt The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meets in Vienna on Monday, with Iran likely to be high on the agenda following last week’s report expressing increased concerns over ‘undisclosed nuclear related activities’ […]


August 4, 2011

ForesightNews world briefing: upcoming events 8-14 August

A weekly round up of world events from Monday, 8 August to Sunday, 14 August from ForesightNews Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav is back in court in Jerusalem on Monday, appealing his April conviction and seven year sentence for indecent assault and sexual harassment of two female employees. In Dharamsala, Lobsang Sangay is sworn in as the […]


October 8, 2008

Like Eating a Stone

Wojciech Tochman, a Polish journalist, chronicles the aftermath of war in Bosnia in his book “Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia” translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Matthew Price reviews the book for the New York Times, If Tochman is sympathetic to Bosnia’s Muslims as they struggle to make their way, he also takes […]


October 2, 2008

BBC turned back by militia in South Ossetia

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes and the TV crew he was travelling with were turned back by armed militia men as they attempted to enter South Ossetia. Click the image above to watch the footage.


August 30, 2008

Anna Politkovskaya remembered

[video:google:-1006358898865632661&ei] Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya would have celebrated her 50th birthday today had she not been gunned down in Moscow in October 2006. Russian human rights groups intend to gather in central Moscow today to remember her, “On August 30, on the day of Anna Politkovskaya’s birthday, we want to honor her memory and again […]


August 18, 2008

Telegraph closes Berlin bureau

The Telegraph will close its Berlin bureau leaving the paper with just one foreign news desk in Europe reports The Guardian. A stringer is expected to replace Berlin correspondent Harry de Quettville who will return to London to work int he features department. The move leaves just Henry Samuel in Paris as the paper’s only […]


August 12, 2008

Russian bombs kill journalist in Gori

From AP, A Dutch television journalist was killed overnight when Russian warplanes bombed the central Georgian city of Gori. The television news station RTL reported on its Web site that its cameraman Stan Storimans, 39, was killed and correspondent Jeroen Akkermans was wounded in the leg in the attack. RTL said, in all, five people […]


August 9, 2008

Monitoring South Ossetia

Veronica Khokhlova at Global Voices does a good job rounding up and translating the word from the streets of Georgia including this comment from Russian journalist Mikhail Romanov in a hotel basement in Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, The city is under heavy howitzer and mortar fire. An endless cannonade. I’ve seen many wounded […]


June 30, 2008

Getting ready for Beirut

Ana Maria Luca, a journalist based in Bucharest working for the Antena 3 TV network, is about to become Beirut correspondent for the channel. She’s just back from her ‘war reporter training’ in Romania, Seriously speaking, it was a hell of an experience. Doing the physical exercises, and trying to finish the obstacle course, which […]


June 27, 2008

Cullen comes up a thousand deutsche marks short

Kevin Cullen, columnist on the Boston Globe, remembers an incident in Montenegro with Dave Lynch, a reporter for USA Today, and how the BBC hoodwinked them out of a seat on the plane to Serbia, We found ourselves in a seedy bar in Podgorica, the gray capital of Montenegro, asking for a gangster named Momo. […]


June 18, 2008

Four charged for Politkovskaya murder

“Three suspects have been charged with the murder of [Anna Politkovskaya]: Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov,” the Investigations Committee said in a statement announcing the end of the high-profile murder inquiry. A fourth man, Pavel Ryaguzov, an officer in Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the former KGB, has been charged with abuse of power […]


June 9, 2008

Reporting from Sarajevo

Vildana Selimbegovic recalls her baptism into the world of war reporting in an interview with Transitions Online today. She talks about reporting in Sarajevo, present day threats to journalists in Bosnia and the future for the country, “My university professors used to tell us, ‘Do you really think that you can easily become a war […]


May 21, 2008

Drago Hedl wins award for war crimes journalism

[video:youtube:7f6AyehCFJQ] Croatian journalist Drago Hedl has won the Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism Award for 2008 announced by the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) yesterday. Hedl works as an editor and journalist with the political weekly Feral Tribune in Split, The jury said it based its decision “on […]


April 7, 2008

Colin Farrell to play war photographer

Irish actor Colin Farrell headed to Bosnia at the weekend to get a taste for how it felt to be a war reporter during the war during the early 1990s. Farrell will play a war photographer in a new film called Triage. The film is directed by the Bosnian cinematographer Danis Tanovic who won an […]


March 26, 2008

Independent Kosovo

Download this episode View in iTunes You can now watch the event here. Latest debate from the Frontline Club events room in Paddington, London on Independence in Kosovo is now online. The discussion includes contributions from journalist and former spokesman for the Kosova government Daut Dauti, Balkan specialist author/journalist Tim Judah, journalist Misha Glenny who […]


March 4, 2008

The Angel of Grozny

Simon Mayo at BBC Radio 5 Live talks to war correspondent Asne Sierstad about her work in Chechnya over the past decade and her new book The Angel of Grozny. You can listen to the interview direct here or subscribe to the Daily Mayo podcast, Norwegian journalist Asne Sierstad has covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan […]


December 29, 2007

Kosovo nine years on

In another superb multimedia presentation, writer Nicholas Wood and photographer Andrew Testa of the New York Times talk about the war in Kosovo that began nearly nine years ago and how the legacy continues today on the verge of the country’s independence.


November 19, 2007

Dumitru Tinu case re-opens

From the International Herald Tribune, Prosecutors on Monday exhumed the body of an influential Romanian journalist after years of speculation over his death in an auto accident in 2003. An inquest found that Dumitru Tinu, the managing director and majority owner of influential daily Adevarul, died after losing control of his car, which skidded and […]


October 26, 2007

Correspondent come novelist in Camden

When Walkley Award-winning journalist Erina Reddan embarked on a whirlwind courtship with Victor Del Rio, little did she know she was about to marry into a family of witches whose matriarch allegedly murdered five husbands and was also a drug runner who operated a brothel. The exciting tales of Victor’s Mexican family, in particular his […]


October 26, 2007

Apps back at work

Peter Apps worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters until he was paralysed 13 months ago and now he’s back, Using voice recognition software, a tape recorder for interviews and accompanied by a support worker, I went back to work and the real world in June after finally leaving hospital. At first I was thrilled […]


October 23, 2007

Targetted by the mafia

Lirio Abbate has an unwelcome distinction among Italian journalists: correspondent in Sicily for the state news agency Ansa and La Stampa newspaper, he has had his own armed police escort for the past six months. When anti-Mafia investigators using wiretaps heard mobsters discussing how to silence 37-year-old Abbate in revenge for his news reports and […]


October 1, 2007

From war correspondent to lawyer

C. Justin Brown recounts his life as a war correspondent in the Maryland Daily Record. Last year, after being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his Balkans reporting, he ditched the flak jacket for a lawyer’s wig, Looking outside, he saw a NATO Tomahawk missile slam into the upper floors of the nearby UÅ¡ce Tower, […]


September 22, 2007

Freedom for South Ossetia

South Ossetia wants to break free, she’s wanted to break from the shackles of Georgia ever since the Soviet Empire imploded and well… we all know the rest, don’t we? The wannabe South Ossetians have declared an Independence day and it sounds like an awful lorra fun, The parade made its way noisily down Stalin […]


September 22, 2007

Taking more flak

Talking of flak, shrapnel, war wounds and the like. The latest fashion fad in the Caucasus for the dogs of the Russian Federation is – you guessed it – fancy flak jackets poodle style, "Dogs in Chechnya neutralised land mines and other explosive devices which are not seen by mine detectors. And that is why […]


September 21, 2007

Another 100 million bricks in the wall

From Edward Lucas The Economist’s Estonia expert and author of the upcoming book "The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Russia and the West", Imagine two walls, each 120km (75 miles) long, set at right angles and tapering to a height of three metres. They are covered in names, each inscribed in letters 1.35 […]


September 4, 2007

17 years young

And it doesn’t look a day older… Transnistria, or to give it it’s full name – Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica – the breakaway republic of Moldova and only remaining Stalinist outhold in Europe, is 17 years old this week. Click the video above to see the celebrations in the teenage republic or arrange your next holiday […]