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Home to over 200 talks and screenings a year.The Frontline Club is the London hub for a diverse group of people united by their passion for the best quality journalism. With its elegant restaurant serving the best of British cuisine and its atmospheric members' bar, the Frontline Club is a unique place to discuss, debate and be inspired. Our events, screenings, workshops and restaurant are open to the public.

Latest Episodes

Thirty Years Since The Fatwa

Thirty years on, The Satanic Verses remains a novel that still provokes furious debate. To try and understand why, author, translator and journalist Maureen Freely will be joined by columnist and commentator Kenan Malik, presenters of recent radio 4 series ‘Fatwa’ Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar, alongside Director of Southall Black Sisters Pragna Patel. Within months of publication, Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel fictionalising the life of the prophet Mohammed was caught up in a maelstrom of protests and political power plays that engaged Muslims across the globe. On 14 February 1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rode a wave of anger and outrage to issue a Fatwa sentencing Rushdie to death, calling ‘all zealous Muslims’ to execute him – and everyone else involved in the books publication. In a manner unforeseen by the author, The Satanic Verses created and exposed cleavages in society like few other books throughout history. What has happened since? In the intervening years, the arena for artistic, cultural and political expression has changed immeasurably. Many believe that, in the wake of the Fatwa, we live in a more censorious society, and the appetite for a diversity of voices – each with a label – has outgrown the need for genuinely diverse debate. For others, the offence caused to Muslims in an already hostile environment still outweighs any defence of free expression and cultural enquiry. What is beyond doubt is that the book, and the Fatwa, redrew fault lines through the very ideas of community, race and debate in society, and that we still feel the reverberations today.

62 MINJUN 5
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Thirty Years Since The Fatwa

In Conversation with Nick Robinson

The Frontline Club presents a brand new 'In Conversation' series, talking to some of the world's most outstanding journalists about their unique stories, posing some burning questions, and taking a look behind the scenes in the news industry. This weeks guest is former BBC political editor, journalist and broadcaster Nick Robinson. As one of the BBC most high-profile journalists, Nick has had an impressive career covering some of the biggest stories over the past decade. To find out more about his highs and lows, and what he thinks of the constantly changing journalism landscape, we invited journalist Martha Gill to interview him upstairs at the club.

28 MINMAY 29
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In Conversation with Nick Robinson

The Forgotten Heroes Of Empire

There is much debate over how Britain’s colonial past in Africa is remembered. Through the constantly shifting kaleidoscope of history, some momentous stories get quietly left behind. The Forgotten Heroes of Empire by Jack Losh and Alessandro Pavone, unearths an unfinished – and overlooked – chapter of that past. Join the filmmakers for a screening + Q&A with foreign correspondent Christina Lamb and a panel of experts to take a deeper look behind a disquieting story that is far from over.

46 MINAPR 25
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The Forgotten Heroes Of Empire

Shamima Begum: A Crisis Of Citizenship

When Frontline member Anthony Loyd found Shamima Begum in al-Hawl refugee camp, northern Syria, he helped unearth a series of unanswered questions for Western societies – and kickstarted a national debate in the United Kingdom. When it comes to citizens returning from IS territory, what are our legal and moral responsibilities? Is there a two-tier system developing, with citizenship as privilege for the children of Muslim immigrants, and nationality as right for European ‘natives’? With first-hand reporting from Anthony Loyd, and comment from columnist Nesrine Malik and expert on jihadist movements Shiraz Maher, we’ll be discussing the fallout of British Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s citizenship. This discussion will be chaired by presenter of BBC HardTalk Stephen Sackur.

40 MINAPR 18
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Shamima Begum: A Crisis Of Citizenship

Venezuela in Crisis

If there’s one thing that all sides agree on, it’s that Venezuela is in crisis – both political and humanitarian. The country has two recognised presidents, holding rallies on the same day in the capital Caracas. Inflation is due to hit ten million per cent this year, according the IMF. Despite access to the globe’s largest known crude reserves, oil production is at its lowest ebb since the forties. The human suffering is continuing. While international aid sits at the borders, a pawn in the power plays, hospitals lie full of patients and empty of medicine. Venezuelans fleeing starvation continue to embark on dangerous journeys to Colombia and further afield, in the world’s worst refugee crisis after Syria. Bellicose noises emit from the White House, as President Trump appoints Elliot Abrams special envoy to Venezuela – a US foreign policy hawk involved in the Iran Contra scandal. Alongside the US, significant regional players including the governments of Colombia, Brazil and ...

43 MINMAR 1
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Venezuela in Crisis

Fear in Xinjiang: China's Inner Turmoil

China’s fraught relationship with its minorities is, unfortunately, nothing new – but in the 21st century, the storm clouds have been gathering apace. The increasingly well-documented tribulations of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province is feared by many to be the tip of the iceberg. China has 55 recognised minority groups. Although Beijing demands state control over all faiths – including Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism and even ‘Chinese’ religions such as Taoism – it is the country’s 20 million Muslims that are facing the hardest clampdown on religious, cultural, linguistic and even culinary activities. Styled as ‘re-education’ centres by central government, over one million Uighurs are incarcerated in mass internments camps in Xinjiang. As accounts from inside trickle through China and across the world, other groups are now looking over their shoulders, fearing what could be to come. Join a panel of experts and reporters to discuss what’s happening to the edifice of minor...

67 MINFEB 21
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Fear in Xinjiang: China's Inner Turmoil

Drugs, Money And Blood

The war on drugs is in dire need of peace talks; and peace often makes for strange bedfellows. Join us as we look from the hard end of the illegal drugs trade, through the opioid crisis currently gripping the United States, and on towards former strongholds of sobriety where the latest cash crop – cannabis – is winning hearts and minds and lungs as the so-called ‘Green Rush’ takes hold. The 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is the only convention in the history of the United Nations to use the word ‘evil’. In the intervening 60 years, drug production has increased exponentially across the globe. The tectonic plates underneath our attitudes to drugs – in their production and consumption, and their effects on individuals and societies – are moving. Does the international order still have the firepower to keep fighting this War on Drugs, or is it time for change? Could we cope? Ed Vulliamy, Peter Hitchens and Pete Maguire will be be discussing if legalisation could be...

68 MINFEB 7
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Drugs, Money And Blood

The Parallel State: Truth, Lies & Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey

This podcast features highlights from January's event in the forum with 3 unique story tellers: Guy Martin, Maureen Freely and Pelin Turgut. In 2012, award-winning photographer Guy Martin moved to Istanbul. At the time, Turkey was regarded as a nation of wealth and power, with a stable democracy with secular leadership. However, this began to change with the rise of Islamic State, Presidential elections, the Kurds becoming a credible political force, the refugee crisis, and the failed coup d’etat by a section of the Turkish armed forces in 2016. In this volatile environment, fake news, before it was known as such, thrived, fuelled by change and instability. Since the abortive putsch, independent media workers have been sacked in their thousands, and scores imprisoned; Turkey is now the world’s leading jailer of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Against this backdrop, Martin was drawn to explore Turkish soap operas, some of the most watched television ...

27 MINJAN 30
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The Parallel State: Truth, Lies & Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey

Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Magnum Photos have launched a newspaper series to provide a new vehicle for exploring key issues of modern times. The Frontline Club hosted a discussion of the first issue, A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS, which includes over 40 images from the Magnum archive, exploring the history and effects of the fall-out from ISIS and their actions over the recent past. The discussion was chaired by Middle East Correspondent of the Independent Patrick Cockburn; and featured Magnum Photographer Peter Van Agtmael and Quilliam’s President Noman Benotman

52 MIN2018 JUN 27
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Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines in 2016. In his first six months in office, 5000 people were murdered on the streets, gunned down by police officers and vigilante citizens — all with his encouragement and blessing. Duterte is a serial womaniser and a self-confessed killer, who has called both Barack Obama and Pope Francis ‘sons of whores’. He is on record as saying he does not ‘give a shit’ about human rights. Yet he is beloved of the 16.6 million Filipinos who voted for him, seen as vulgar but honest, a breath of fresh air, and an iconoclastic, anti-imperialist rebel. In this revelatory biography, reporter Jonathan Miller charts Duterte’s rise. The Frontline Club hosted a discussion between Miller and Channel 4’s News Anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy about this controversial biography.

72 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Latest Episodes

Thirty Years Since The Fatwa

Thirty years on, The Satanic Verses remains a novel that still provokes furious debate. To try and understand why, author, translator and journalist Maureen Freely will be joined by columnist and commentator Kenan Malik, presenters of recent radio 4 series ‘Fatwa’ Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar, alongside Director of Southall Black Sisters Pragna Patel. Within months of publication, Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel fictionalising the life of the prophet Mohammed was caught up in a maelstrom of protests and political power plays that engaged Muslims across the globe. On 14 February 1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rode a wave of anger and outrage to issue a Fatwa sentencing Rushdie to death, calling ‘all zealous Muslims’ to execute him – and everyone else involved in the books publication. In a manner unforeseen by the author, The Satanic Verses created and exposed cleavages in society like few other books throughout history. What has happened since? In the intervening years, the arena for artistic, cultural and political expression has changed immeasurably. Many believe that, in the wake of the Fatwa, we live in a more censorious society, and the appetite for a diversity of voices – each with a label – has outgrown the need for genuinely diverse debate. For others, the offence caused to Muslims in an already hostile environment still outweighs any defence of free expression and cultural enquiry. What is beyond doubt is that the book, and the Fatwa, redrew fault lines through the very ideas of community, race and debate in society, and that we still feel the reverberations today.

62 MINJUN 5
Comments
Thirty Years Since The Fatwa

In Conversation with Nick Robinson

The Frontline Club presents a brand new 'In Conversation' series, talking to some of the world's most outstanding journalists about their unique stories, posing some burning questions, and taking a look behind the scenes in the news industry. This weeks guest is former BBC political editor, journalist and broadcaster Nick Robinson. As one of the BBC most high-profile journalists, Nick has had an impressive career covering some of the biggest stories over the past decade. To find out more about his highs and lows, and what he thinks of the constantly changing journalism landscape, we invited journalist Martha Gill to interview him upstairs at the club.

28 MINMAY 29
Comments
In Conversation with Nick Robinson

The Forgotten Heroes Of Empire

There is much debate over how Britain’s colonial past in Africa is remembered. Through the constantly shifting kaleidoscope of history, some momentous stories get quietly left behind. The Forgotten Heroes of Empire by Jack Losh and Alessandro Pavone, unearths an unfinished – and overlooked – chapter of that past. Join the filmmakers for a screening + Q&A with foreign correspondent Christina Lamb and a panel of experts to take a deeper look behind a disquieting story that is far from over.

46 MINAPR 25
Comments
The Forgotten Heroes Of Empire

Shamima Begum: A Crisis Of Citizenship

When Frontline member Anthony Loyd found Shamima Begum in al-Hawl refugee camp, northern Syria, he helped unearth a series of unanswered questions for Western societies – and kickstarted a national debate in the United Kingdom. When it comes to citizens returning from IS territory, what are our legal and moral responsibilities? Is there a two-tier system developing, with citizenship as privilege for the children of Muslim immigrants, and nationality as right for European ‘natives’? With first-hand reporting from Anthony Loyd, and comment from columnist Nesrine Malik and expert on jihadist movements Shiraz Maher, we’ll be discussing the fallout of British Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s citizenship. This discussion will be chaired by presenter of BBC HardTalk Stephen Sackur.

40 MINAPR 18
Comments
Shamima Begum: A Crisis Of Citizenship

Venezuela in Crisis

If there’s one thing that all sides agree on, it’s that Venezuela is in crisis – both political and humanitarian. The country has two recognised presidents, holding rallies on the same day in the capital Caracas. Inflation is due to hit ten million per cent this year, according the IMF. Despite access to the globe’s largest known crude reserves, oil production is at its lowest ebb since the forties. The human suffering is continuing. While international aid sits at the borders, a pawn in the power plays, hospitals lie full of patients and empty of medicine. Venezuelans fleeing starvation continue to embark on dangerous journeys to Colombia and further afield, in the world’s worst refugee crisis after Syria. Bellicose noises emit from the White House, as President Trump appoints Elliot Abrams special envoy to Venezuela – a US foreign policy hawk involved in the Iran Contra scandal. Alongside the US, significant regional players including the governments of Colombia, Brazil and ...

43 MINMAR 1
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Venezuela in Crisis

Fear in Xinjiang: China's Inner Turmoil

China’s fraught relationship with its minorities is, unfortunately, nothing new – but in the 21st century, the storm clouds have been gathering apace. The increasingly well-documented tribulations of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province is feared by many to be the tip of the iceberg. China has 55 recognised minority groups. Although Beijing demands state control over all faiths – including Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism and even ‘Chinese’ religions such as Taoism – it is the country’s 20 million Muslims that are facing the hardest clampdown on religious, cultural, linguistic and even culinary activities. Styled as ‘re-education’ centres by central government, over one million Uighurs are incarcerated in mass internments camps in Xinjiang. As accounts from inside trickle through China and across the world, other groups are now looking over their shoulders, fearing what could be to come. Join a panel of experts and reporters to discuss what’s happening to the edifice of minor...

67 MINFEB 21
Comments
Fear in Xinjiang: China's Inner Turmoil

Drugs, Money And Blood

The war on drugs is in dire need of peace talks; and peace often makes for strange bedfellows. Join us as we look from the hard end of the illegal drugs trade, through the opioid crisis currently gripping the United States, and on towards former strongholds of sobriety where the latest cash crop – cannabis – is winning hearts and minds and lungs as the so-called ‘Green Rush’ takes hold. The 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is the only convention in the history of the United Nations to use the word ‘evil’. In the intervening 60 years, drug production has increased exponentially across the globe. The tectonic plates underneath our attitudes to drugs – in their production and consumption, and their effects on individuals and societies – are moving. Does the international order still have the firepower to keep fighting this War on Drugs, or is it time for change? Could we cope? Ed Vulliamy, Peter Hitchens and Pete Maguire will be be discussing if legalisation could be...

68 MINFEB 7
Comments
Drugs, Money And Blood

The Parallel State: Truth, Lies & Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey

This podcast features highlights from January's event in the forum with 3 unique story tellers: Guy Martin, Maureen Freely and Pelin Turgut. In 2012, award-winning photographer Guy Martin moved to Istanbul. At the time, Turkey was regarded as a nation of wealth and power, with a stable democracy with secular leadership. However, this began to change with the rise of Islamic State, Presidential elections, the Kurds becoming a credible political force, the refugee crisis, and the failed coup d’etat by a section of the Turkish armed forces in 2016. In this volatile environment, fake news, before it was known as such, thrived, fuelled by change and instability. Since the abortive putsch, independent media workers have been sacked in their thousands, and scores imprisoned; Turkey is now the world’s leading jailer of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Against this backdrop, Martin was drawn to explore Turkish soap operas, some of the most watched television ...

27 MINJAN 30
Comments
The Parallel State: Truth, Lies & Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey

Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Magnum Photos have launched a newspaper series to provide a new vehicle for exploring key issues of modern times. The Frontline Club hosted a discussion of the first issue, A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS, which includes over 40 images from the Magnum archive, exploring the history and effects of the fall-out from ISIS and their actions over the recent past. The discussion was chaired by Middle East Correspondent of the Independent Patrick Cockburn; and featured Magnum Photographer Peter Van Agtmael and Quilliam’s President Noman Benotman

52 MIN2018 JUN 27
Comments
Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines in 2016. In his first six months in office, 5000 people were murdered on the streets, gunned down by police officers and vigilante citizens — all with his encouragement and blessing. Duterte is a serial womaniser and a self-confessed killer, who has called both Barack Obama and Pope Francis ‘sons of whores’. He is on record as saying he does not ‘give a shit’ about human rights. Yet he is beloved of the 16.6 million Filipinos who voted for him, seen as vulgar but honest, a breath of fresh air, and an iconoclastic, anti-imperialist rebel. In this revelatory biography, reporter Jonathan Miller charts Duterte’s rise. The Frontline Club hosted a discussion between Miller and Channel 4’s News Anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy about this controversial biography.

72 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines
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