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01-30-2008, 05:02 PM
I am not sure I am posting this in quite the right place so mods please move if there is a better home.

The Frontline Club is not a blog but a club, in London, for Journalists which hosts regular events with invited guests or panel discussions followed by a Q & A. Not surprisingly there is an enormous overlap between what interests them and what we think about here. Events are filmed and placed online - you do need to register to watch videos but it is simple and free. One thing I particularly like is the generally informal nature of the meetings which seems to encourage much more candid anecdotes (and vernacular language) than you would get from the same people when they are writing for - or on camera for - their day jobs. The link below is to the events page where you will quickly get a feel for what they cover.

Enjoy and if you find something of particular interest please post on it.


I will start by recommending
Insight with Lt Col Stuart Tootal and Patrick Bishop: Can the British win in Afghanistan?

Insight with John Fisher Burns: The longest serving western journalist in Iraq


Insight with Clive Stafford-Smith: Defending terror suspects of Guantanamo

01-31-2008, 01:28 AM
I have just watched, and am happy to recommend, this. While nominally on Ahmadinejad it covers all things Iranian. (Running time 67mins - bring popcorn)

Insight with Kasra Naji - Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? - FULLY BOOKED
Wed 16th January

Moderated by Jon Snow (Channel 4 News).

Location: 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Internationally acclaimed journalist Kasra Naji, a native Persian speaker, has spent years in Iran interviewing friends, family and colleagues of President Ahmadinejad and now tells the real story of his rise to power.

02-04-2008, 12:09 PM
Good find and will be there tonight for the Saudi de-radicalisation in jail meeting.


03-19-2008, 07:19 PM
Vietnam war photojournalist dies (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7305468.stm)

I post this here as a very sick, but still fiesty, Griffiths was a recent Frontline speaker.

P.S. David did you go and was it interesting?

03-19-2008, 07:41 PM
Yes, the meeting I attended was very interesting, although actually getting in was difficult - door has a PIN code. That evening it was pre-broadcast film on rehabilitation in Saudi jails (14 mins) and a reasonably lengthy Q&A session with the producer - an American lady. A Skype link to include an American academic failed. Good mixed audience, enlivened by several Arabs being present. Well worth checking out if the topic coincides with a London visit. The evening was not fully booked so I got on the list that afternoon.

Found myself sitting next to an Al Jazeera journalist which is another story and afterwards joined a small dinner party (minus Al Jazeera).


03-20-2008, 01:44 PM
The BBC have a selection of Griffith's photos as a tribute to his work today.

inc. #6 which is thought to have been the source of
"Any man brave enough to fight with his guts strapped to him can drink from my canteen any day".