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Ailean Beaton


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

If you’d like to get in touch you can get me via my website or Twitter- I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading.

ENGAGE magazine
Ukraine's Fragile Democracy

Russian aggression, martial law and Ukraine's upcoming elections. Following the incident in the Kerch strait, I spoke with Ukrainian journalists Maxim Eristavi and Inna Dyban about the international community's response.

ENGAGE magazine
Define "Rebel"

On the week that 11 MPs split from the Labour and Tory parties to form The Independent Group (now called the Change party), I wrote about what it means to be a rebel in Westminster nowadays.

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 to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), which identifies and supports human trafficking victims, were 38 per cent higher than in 2016.

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 conspiracy theories, fake news and competing narratives.

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 independent newspaper, and frequently pursued articles about government mismanagement and corruption in the central African nation.

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 crisis and carrying out an internal investigation into what went wrong.

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 of the Russian-backed forces of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

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 herself for her ability to blend interviews with voters with the use of data to illustrate Americans political views.

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