Ailean Beaton


Hi! My name's Ailean and I'm a journalist based in Scotland.

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Ailean Beaton

Who knows what's going on in Syria?

How do we know what we think we know about Syria? As recent weeks have made abundantly clear, any discussion surrounding the now seven-year-long war continues to be a morass of...

The Ferret

Children suffer as reports of human trafficking in Scotland rise | The Ferret

Dozens of children were among 207 victims of human trafficking reported in Scotland in 2017, according to a new report from the Scottish Government. The number of cases referred...


Protesters gather outside the Russian consulate in Edinburgh

Dozens of protesters including Syrian refugees gathered outside the Russian consulate general in Edinburgh yesterday to make a "call for humanity" against the on-going violence...

Index on Censorship

Tortured in Cameroon, reporter found asylum in Scotland - Index on Censorship

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Atangana was an investigative reporter covering economic issues for the now-defunct La Sentinelle as well as Le Messager Cameroon's first...

Sunday Herald

Pollsters changed their methods but still got the outcome wrong

by Ailean Beaton UK pollsters came into this General Election under a huge cloud of scepticism. Their failure to anticipate the Conservative victory in 2015 left the industry in...


Talking Politics: Boone County Residents to Vote on Use Tax Measures

At the heart of the use tax measures Boone County residents will be voting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, is online shopping. Local store around the country must compete with out-of-state...


Edinburgh University claims 'no breach of systems' after students received false email

By Ailean Beaton Edinburgh University has reassured students that graduations will go ahead after it was claimed there had been a 'breach of systems'. The university has opened...

Global Journalist

Trump's Islam rhetoric tested NPR reporter Khalid [program] - Global Journalist

Those who listened to NPR's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign regularly heard the dispatches of political reporter Asma Khalid. During the race, Khalid distinguished...

Global Journalist

India's air pollution crisis - Global Journalist

Recently an international cricket match in the Indian city of Delhi had to be temporarily halted in the middle of the game for an unusual reason. The cause: air pollution levels...

The Edinburgh Reporter

Anti-Israel demonstration at Edinburgh Fringe "Shalom Festival"

I covered a large and emotional demonstration outside an Israeli cultural event in Edinburgh. This was another story I found and pitched. As well as the protest, I also spoke to...