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Photo London Event: The State and Future of Photojournalism in the 21st Century

The Frontline Club Hosted a debate about the state and future of photojournalism, featuring world renounced photographers and editors. The discussion focused in on how they were dealing with the ever-changing landscape of Photojournalism, in the 21st century, and how they had personally adapted to these shifts. The event was chaired by Francesca Sears, Special Projects Director at Magnum Photos; and featured Freelance Photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, Alys Tomlinson and Liz Hingley and...


The North Korea – United States Summit

In the lead up to the June 12th Nuclear Summit between the US and North Korea the Frontline Club hosted a discussion of what we might expect from this historic meeting between the Donald Trump and Kim Jung-un. Can the two leaders negotiate a meaningful agreement and what could the consequences be if no deal is struck? The discussion was chaired by Kimberley Leonard, World News Anchor on Sky News and featured Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times; Dr John...


Screening: Trumping Democracy

Join us for a screening of a unique film which explores the role of Cambridge Analytica in the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump, followed by an update on recent developments with the pioneering Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr, since her story broke two months ago. We are also joined by director Thomas Huchon and CEO of Byline Peter Jukes. Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States by winning three key states, a victory engineered by an ultra-conservative...


President Rouhani: One Year On

The Frontline club hosted a panel to reflect on one year of President Rouhani in power, his accomplishments and legacies, both domestic and international. The discussion also focused on how the US pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal could upend Rouhani because he campaigned heavily on its ability to bring prosperity to the Iranian people. The event was chaired by Azadeh Moaveni, lecturer in journalism at New York University in London and featured Kasra Naji, special correspondent for BBC...


Falling Freetown + Urban Nomads – Cities, Tension and Urban Planning

Our planet is going through the most rapid phase of urbanization in its history. Already more than half of humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050, that number will be closer to two thirds. Ninety 90 percent of this increase is expected to happen in Asia and Africa. But rapid urban growth is a challenge for cities everywhere – from the effects of climate change and natural disasters to mass migration, urban sprawl, pollution and lack of affordable housing. During an evening of film...


A Cambodian Spring + Q&A

“A Cambodian Spring” is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over 6 years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed. This film is about the complexities – both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in. A Cambodian Spring won the Special Jury Prize for International Feature...


In Search of the “Shell Shocked Marine”

Join Times war correspondent Anthony Loyd and journalist and writer Jon Swain as they explored Loyd’s two year investigation into tracking down the stories behind the Vietnam War veterans photographed by Sir Don McCullin in 1968, the turning point of the war.


Ukraine’s Frozen Conflict

The war in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has killed more than 10,000 people over four years, and peace remains a distant prospect. Despite the violence and poverty though, civilians in the war zone try to live as normal a life as possible. We explore how everyday living continues in the middle of a war zone by screening “Ukraine’s Frontline Bakery” followed by a Q&A with the film makers. In the frontline town of Marinka, a new bakery has opened which...


Land of Mine Q&A

The Frontline Club hosted a Q&A after screening Land of Mine to discuss how landmine clearance allows countries to recover from war. The film tells the little-known story of how Europe was cleared of landmines at the end of World War II. Its contemporary relevance is that today, across the globe, millions of people continue to suffer because of landmines that were planted in conflicts that ended 30 or 40 years ago. We were joined by Mikael Christian Rieks, the Producer of Land of Mine, and...


Thinking Allowed 2: Good vs Bad Nationalism

Where does decent patriotism end and ugly nationalism begin? Is any form of nationalism, however mild, an anachronism in an inter-connected world? Or is it part of the glue that holds society together? How do we fight the upswing in contemporary nationalism? Just how necessary is national fellow feeling in the twenty-first century? To discuss these questions the Frontline Club hosted a discussion between the author and columnist, Zoe Williams, and Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics,...


Kleptoscope 9: Is Britain Doing Enough to Fight Corruption?

Britain plays a central role in the global financial system, for good and ill. Our financial services are a major employer and tax-payer, but they also enable globalized corruption: according to the National Crime Agency, at least 100 billion pounds worth of illicit money flows through our institutions every year. Much of this money is corruptly acquired from some of the world’s poorest countries and, indeed, much of it ends up buying top end real estate, and luxury goods from the London’s...


Kompromat: An Evening with Stanley Johnson and Rachel Johnson

The Frontline Club welcomes you to a lively evening of discussion between Stanley Johnson and Rachel Johnson, focusing on Stanley’s latest political thriller, Kompromat. Is truth stranger than fiction? Kompromat was originally conceived as a counter-factual, satirical work of fiction. However, in light of recent events, has Stanley in fact, pinpointed some of the glaring truths behind 2 of the biggest political earthquakes in recent history? Kompromat explores, in a light-hearted way, the...


The Cambridge Analytica Files: Round 2

When Chris Wylie disclosed the inner workings of Cambridge Analytica and its massive data breach of 50 million Facebook accounts to manipulate public opinion it became an international story. Frontline and Byline’s coverage of the unfolding story now continues, as new disturbing whistleblower evidence has come to light suggesting the 2016 Brexit referendum was won by cheating. Shahmir Sanni, a whistleblower working for Vote Leave/BeLeave came forward with material evidence pointing to foul...


Ethics in the News 2: Another News Story

As part of the Frontlines Ethics in the News series, in partnership with the Ethical Journalism Network, the Frontline Club screened Another News Story followed by a Q&A. Another News Story is a documentary that takes a fresh view of the European refugee crisis by following the journalists who covered the story. The film raises important questions about what happens behind the camera, and how the life cycle of a news story starts and grows. The Q&A was chaired by Dorothy Byrne, who is the...


Lynn Novick Q&A: The Vietnam War

Award-winning film maker Lynn Novick joined the Frontline Club to review her critically acclaimed film The Vietnam War. She discussed various aspects of the film with famed Vietnam war journalist John Laurence. Lynn and her team interviewed over 100 people for the series which was 10 years in the making. The result is one of the most in depth documentaries on the roughly 20 year conflict.


Rania Abouzeid in conversation with Lyse Doucet

Rania Abouzeid discusses her new book No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in wartime Syria with journalist Lyse Doucet. Rania’s new book is published to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of protests in Syria. Cinematically crafted, it weaves a tapestry of rebels and exiles, radical Islamists and their victims amid the deadliest conflict of the century thus far. Extending back to the first protests in Damascus in 2011, and based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the...


The Most Important Whistleblower Since Snowden: The Mind Behind Cambridge Analytica

In 2013, 23-year old CHRIS WYLIE, a Canadian data scientist who had worked on the Obama campaign, was recruited as head of research for SCL Ltd, a contractor developing military 'information operations' for the US and UK. Within months he met Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer to set up Cambridge Analytica - a 'propaganda machine' designed to win the 2016 US Presidential elections, using Brexit as its 'petri dish'. The tools of cyber warfare were now turned on the countries that developed...


Poisoned by Nerve Agent. Who Attacked Sergei Skripal?

A former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent on Sunday afternoon in Salisbury, they lost consciousness and remain in critical condition. There has been rampant speculation as to whether Moscow is behind the attack. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence arrived in the UK in 2010 after he was discovered selling secrets to the MI6. He was part of a ‘spy swap’ program that allowed him to relocate to England. The question remains, who is...


East Ghouta: Are we blind to Syria’s latest tragedy?

With IS’s foothold removed from most of the country, and US Coalition-supported Kurdish forces tied up in a conflict against the Turkish army and its sponsored militias in the north-western Afrin region, it seems that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and their Russian and Iranian backers are now concentrating on eradicating the last pockets of resistance by Syrian opposition forces. One such area, the Damascus suburbs of East Ghouta, is the target of renewed violence, with over a...


Is The Democratic Republic of Congo Close to Breaking Point?

Armed conflict and long-term political insecurity have created one of the world’s most entrenched humanitarian crises in modern history in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year alone 1.7 million people were forced to leave their homes (5,500 people a day) and the UN documented more than 12,000 reports of human rights violations. Adding to the problem was a delay in Presidential and legislative elections in the Congo as Joseph Kabila refuses to step down despite the Catholic Church in...