Events

June 28, 2011

Julian Assange: conspiracy as governance

This Saturday (2 July) will see Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, take part in a Frontline Club "in conversation" event alongside Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek and award-winning investigative journalist Amy Goodman. As part of the build up to the event, which will focus on the ethics and philosophy behind WIkiLeaks, Frontline Club will […]


June 22, 2011

Looking ahead to the week’s screenings and talks at Frontline Club

Monday’s screening Defusing Human Bombs takes us into Pakistan’s Sabaoon School, where young boys are rehabilitated and helped back into normal life after years of indoctrination at the hands of theTaliban and grooming for suicide missions. A year on from the first broadcast of  The Baha’is of Iran, which coincided with further persecution of the community,  BBC Persian will screening […]


June 8, 2011 7:00 PM

Internships: opportunity or cheap labour?

The explosion of the internship in the past 10 years has begun to raise some serious questions about the implications for a generation expected to work wage-free in order to move onto the career ladder.

Ross Perlin, an ex intern himself and the author of Intern Nation will be at the Frontline Club to take part in a panel discussion about internships and his investigation into a trend which, he argues, is destroying “what’s left of the ordered world of training, hard work and fair compensation”.


June 7, 2011

Talks and screenings in the week ahead at the Frontline Club

Tomorrow evening Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation, and a panel chaired by journalist Martin Bright will discuss the internship and the impact of this now common practice on education, the work place and society. Tonight there is a screening of Deadly Catch, a film that exposes the devastating consequences of pirate fishing in Sierra Leone. The event is organised by […]


June 2, 2011 7:00 PM

THIRD PARTY: Revolution [email protected]

Organised by BBC Arabic.

Followed by a panel discussion

At a secret rendezvous on the Tunisian border, a young man hands over to Libyan rebels a crate of medical supplies. He’s hoping for a precious cargo in return – memory cards and small video tapes that he will upload to the internet and show the world what is happening inside the Libyan capitol, Tripoli. In the revolutions of 2011, these are the new weapons of the internet age.


June 1, 2011 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Iran’s Green Revolution and the Arab Spring

Two years after Iranians took to the streets to protest against the apparent rigging of the presidential elections we will be examining the impact of the Arab Spring. What has been the response of the government of Iran to the uprisings? Could they inspire further protests among the people? We will also be looking at the power struggle between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the conservative clerics and asking what it could mean for Iran’s future.


June 1, 2011

The Frontline Club: What’s coming up in the week ahead

Tonight Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House will be back in the chair for June’s First Wednesday. There are a few tickets left so book now if you want to discuss the effect of the Arab Spring in Iran and the power struggle at the heart of Iran’s government. Tomorrow evening there is […]


May 31, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED On the Media: Going it alone as a foreign correspondent

As many established media organisations are forced to cut back on their foreign bureaux, new opportunities are emerging for a new type of foreign correspondent – the independent multimedia journalist.

We’ll be bringing together a panel of experts to talk about their experiences of reporting, including kit, the realities of going it alone, and working relationships with the established news organisations.


May 25, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Insight with Leila Ahmed: A Quiet Revolution

Leila Ahmed was raised in Cairo in the 1940’s, by a generation of women who never dressed in veils and headscarves. To them, they seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West.

Leila Ahmed, who is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, will be joining us at the Club in conversation with Azadeh Moaveni, Iranian-American writer, journalist and author of Lipstick Jihad, to discuss her new book A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America and her surprising discoveries about Muslim women, Islamism and democracy.


May 24, 2011

Leila Ahmed and Azadeh Moaveni: the resurgence of the veil

Why are so many Muslim women around the world choosing to cover themselves when previous generations had decided against wearing the veil? This is the question Leila Ahmed sets out to answer in her book A Quiet Revolution, the veil’s resurgence from the Middle East to America.  Having grown up in the 1940s in a family where […]


May 17, 2011 7:00 PM

Realignment in the Arab world – What does it mean for Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel?

Download this episode View in iTunes With a panel of experts and journalists we will be examining the political realignment taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. We will be asking what the shifts in Arab world mean for Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia: What is Israel’s likely response to the emerging democracies […]


May 11, 2011

World’s Oceans in Crisis – What can be done?

View in iTunes By Mariah Hamalainen   “We are facing a complete collapse of ocean ecosystems, globally”, said Professor Charles Sheppard at the Frontline Club on Wednesday evening during a panel discussion on the state of the world’s oceans. The oceans have been exhibiting the effects of global warming since the late 1970s and a quarter of […]


May 11, 2011 7:00 PM

World’s oceans in crisis: What can be done?

The world’s oceans are in a state of crisis and decline, with the continuing affliction of climate change, overfishing and other pressures.

The Fish Fight campaign fronted Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sir David Attenborough’s Horizon on The Death of the Oceans? have put the spotlight on the state of our oceans. Ahead of the release of new scientific findings from IPSO Frontline Club will kick off the first of a series of events with a panel of experts discussing what is happening to our oceans and what can be done about it.


May 10, 2011

What’s on in May at the Frontline Club

After the long break during which we experienced problems with the website, we thought now is a good time to remind you about the events that we have coming up during the month of May. As awareness of the crisis afflicting the world’s oceans grows, in part as a result of campaigns such as The Fish Fight fronted […]


May 4, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED A safer world? What does Osama bin Laden’s death mean for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West?

View in iTunes After the tracking down and killing of Osama bin Laden by a U.S. special operations team the questions have come thick and fast. At our May First Wednesday we are hoping to throw light on some of them: What impact will the death of Osama bin Laden have on Al Qaeda and […]


April 19, 2011 7:00 PM

Insight with Zarghuna Kargar: The women of Afghanistan

Zarghuna Kargar will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, Rachel Reid to discuss the stories of the hidden lives of women of Afghanistan that she heard while working on the popular radio show, Afghan Woman’s Hour.


April 14, 2011

Can Arab state-owned media recover from crisis of credibility?

Does state media have a role to play in the Arab world in the wake of revolutions in the region? A panel of experts and a packed audience discussed this at last night’s event, which was chaired by author and broadcaster Tom Fenton and in association with the BBC College of Journalism. You can listen […]


April 13, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED On the media: what does the future hold for Arab state media?

Join us at the Frontline Club when we will be discussing what the future holds for state media, the impact of channels such as Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic, and the ways that people are using the internet and other social media to circumvent that power.


April 11, 2011

Whistle blowers: what people have been saying about the debate

  You can view the full event here.  Discussion about the Frontline Club/New Statesman debate on Saturday has continued in blogs and on Twitter, under #fcnsdebate. The New Statesman‘s two-part coverage of the event plus video of all the speakers, photo library and live blog is here. Video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaking, not […]


April 9, 2011 5:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED This house believes whistleblowers make the world a safer place

EXTERNAL EVENT AT THE KENSINGTON TOWN HALL

Join the Frontline Club and New Statesman for a provocative public debate featuring Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.

For this very special event at Kensington Town Hall, the New Statesman and the Frontline Club host a challenging debate in which some of the most prominent public figures on secrecy and transparency issues will go head to head.


April 6, 2011 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Foreign policy, diplomacy and the new world order

With people movements rising up across the Middle East and North Africa the US, the UK and other European powers have had to think fast, abandoning old friends and allies and attempting to form new alliances with emerging leaders. Join us with Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House to discuss the new political landscape and the challenges it represents – have the rules of engagement changed or is the West trying to play the same game with different players?


April 6, 2011
April 5, 2011 7:00 PM

THIRD PARTY EVENT Face the future: Tools for the modern media age

To mark the publication of Face The Future: Tools For A Modern Age edited by John Mair and Richard Lance Keeble. Join us with a panel of experts to ask; will the internet wipe away newspapers and more in its wake? Is digital the only way? Will Twitter and Facebook be the new vanguards of the revolution?


March 31, 2011 7:00 PM

FRONTLINE CLUB SPECIAL: Protest, technology and the end of fear

EXTERNAL EVENT AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN

The start of 2011 will be remembered as a period in which the barrier of fear fell across the Middle East and North Africa as people took to the streets demanding freedom from the tyrants who had governed for so long.
No one can predict where these momentous events will lead and what the repercussions will be for years to come.

For this special event held at the The Royal Institution of Great Britain the Frontline Club and BBC Arabic Service will be bringing together some of the key players, journalists and experts to discuss what has taken place so far and to try to gauge what the future might hold.


March 30, 2011 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Insight with Ahdaf Soueif: The spirit of revolution in Egypt

Egyptian author, political and cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif will be joining us in conversation with BBC presenter Mishal Husain, to discuss her experiences at the heart of the protest in Tahrir Square during those momentous 18 days, looking at the roots of the pro-democracy movement and addressing the question of where her country goes from here.


March 28, 2011

Louis Lewarne: We were in awe of the Egyptian people that rose up

Independent film maker Louis Lewarne started the collectively written blog occupiedcairo.org during the internet blackout and continued to chronicle events in Egypt. Louis who has been living in Cairo since 2006 and is married to blogger and activist Salma Said, will be taking part in our discussion on Thursday on Protest, technology and the end […]


March 25, 2011

Salma Said: “I witnessed a war and survived it”

Salma Said, blogger will be taking part in our event this coming Thursday Protest, technology and the end of fear.  Born in 1985 in Cairo, to a political family she has been involved in political activism since the age of 15 and joined the Kefaya (Enough) movement in 2005 when she discovered the Egyptian blogosphere. Here she […]


March 22, 2011 7:00 PM

POSTPONED Trial by media: Is press coverage redefining justice?

The coverage of the Joanna Yeates murder investigation has again raised questions about contempt of court laws and the way the media appears to be pushing the boundaries of reporting restrictions.
While the banning of ITV journalists at a police press conference during the investigation into the murder reflects tensions between the police and the media, the News International phone hacking scandal raises questions about the working relationship between the police and the tabloid press in particular.


March 16, 2011 7:00 PM

Reflections: Nick Robinson

In the sixth of this series of events in which journalists discuss the stories that have impacted them most and the journalists whose work has helped shape their careers. BBC political editor Nick Robinson will be in conversation with former BBC executive Vin Ray.


March 15, 2011 7:00 PM

The Afghan Peace Process: What is at stake?

View in iTunes At what stage are peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban and what role is the international community playing? Following recent reports of talks to discuss peace proposals aimed at ending the fighting in London we will be looking at the peace process and examining what the price will be […]