News and Features from Colombia
Freelance | Currently in Medellín, Colombia | English & Spanish | Trained at Press Association (NCTJ-accredited) |
Features for the Sunday Times Magazine, Pitchfork, Dazed, Delayed Gratification, EachOther.
News for the Times, the Telegraph, Sky News (live reporting), Times Radio, and various UK local news outlets. Newsreader for the Colombia Calling weekly podcast.
Travel and Review for Time Out, Culture Trip, Hay Festival, Reaction Magazine etc.
Research and analysis on politics and human rights quoted by the Guardian, BBC, Times, CNN, Time Magazine, etc, and by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.
News and Features from Colombia
Deep in the Colombian rainforest lies the world’s largest concentration of rock art. What does it reveal about the people who painted it 20,000 years ago?
"COVID is not killing us. Armed groups are killing us." FARC groups have begun murdering and taking hostages in retribution for violations of their coronavirus measures.
Canapés and dust masks in Colombia as the mayor throws a surreal party for the demolition of Pablo Escobar's former home. Also in print on 3 April 2019.
If you glance up at the hills above the centre, into the outskirts of the city, there are different stories to be told, complex stories which don’t fit the neat narrative of the “post-narco” city which authorities are ever-keen to tell.
A man perches on a rock, holding a small microphone over a roaring river, water tumbling over boulders, flanked by lush jungle and hanging vines. The Andes Mountains rise up on all sides, crumpled-paper ridges shrouded in gauzy clouds. He stretches his arm out - gripping tightly, listening intently.
Crisalida, a LGBTQ collective from San Rafael, Colombia, was brutalised under paramilitary occupation of the small Andean town. Their leader was brutally murdered and many went into hiding, but they are now emerging defiant, demanding justice for the war crimes committed against them.
Hundreds gathered at a Medellin art festival on Monday to demonstrate against the spiraling violence and impunity that plague Colombia's second largest city. Central to the opening night was one of the victims, graphic artist Mauricio Ospina.
Multimedia Reporting from Latin America
From a tiny purple cabin, in a valley flanked by four volcanoes, a group of young journalists is pushing back against a tide of white noise, creating space for marginalised young people.
I provide a weekly news briefing via WhatsApp/Telegram to my subscribers, who receive a five-minute audio and a bullet-point whip-through of the week's top stories from Colombia - delivered every Monday.
Eight people are now in custody, including the man thought to be the gang's leader.
I write and deliver the news segment for this weekly podcast - the English Voice in Colombia.
As the UN demands action from the Colombian Government to curb violence in the country, I went on Times Radio to explain the roots and nature of crisis here.
Research and Analysis - Politics and Human Rights
I research and author the annual Global Expression Report for thinktank ARTICLE 19. This work has been covered by the Guardian, BBC, CNN, Sky, Forbes, Times Radio, etc
A comprehensive, data-based report that tracks freedom of expression across the world. The metric looks at 25 indicators across 162 countries.
Op-Ed for the Global Expression Report ghostwritten for ARTICLE 19's CEO Quinn McKew.
Culture and Review
Ella Hickson's 'The Writer' is a blistering two hours of unanswered questions. It is relentless and hopeless, but ultimately, to use its own words, 'defibrillating'. The Writer of the title walks the stage in numerous guises, from Lara Rossi's furious 24 year old to Romola Garai's Writer, with various personas from mythical narrator to exasperated playwright.
On Friday night, in the midst of a storm, Patti Smith recited her poem Hecatombe - an homage to author Roberto Bolaño; she then alternated between spoken word and musical work, speaking of hope in the face of the challenges ahead, and urging us to find ways to be together - and to love.
The rights of women on their periods in police custody are being violated in England and Wales, according to police custody watchdog the Independent Custody Visitation Association (ICVA). "I know what it's like as a woman, to feel dirty, and like you don't have control, bleeding...
Local News - Reporting from the UK
Poet William Blake, perhaps the most famous member of the Druid Order, wrote, "I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill." Photos mine.
In 2018, TOYS 'R' US will be closing 26 of its UK stores, with 800 jobs at risk, as toy shops disappear and high street outlets struggle across the country.
120 German spies operated in Britain from 1914 to 1918. Print and E-Edition of Ham&High, p18 http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=f8c3d395-a3cb-47a2-9ee9-aa43dfe48053
Travel and Lifestyle
Human Rights Research & NGO Reports
A woman in rural Mexico recently told my colleague, "We've always been told we don't have a voice, but that's not true. Since we began looking for information, my life changed, and the lives of other people in the community as well." Today, 28 September, is International Right to Know Day.
Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.
This week, cartoonist and political satirist Zunar spoke to ARTICLE 19's Emily Hart about politics, satire, and his upcoming trial.
Writing Rights Ltd - Editing and Consultancy
An investigation into use of social platforms and dating apps by the LGBTQ community in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iran.