Emily Hart

Freelance Journalist in Colombia


Features for the New York Times, Sunday Times, Prospect Magazine, Pitchfork, Dazed, Delayed Gratification, etc.

News for the BBC, the Times, the Telegraph, Sky News, & various UK local news outlets.

Newsreader and host of the Colombia Calling podcast, plus occasional TV & radio.

Research and analysis on politics and human rights quoted by the Guardian, BBC, CNN, Time Magazine, etc - and by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.

Fluent English & Spanish | NCTJ-accredited via Press Association

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Delayed Gratification Magazine (print)
The butterfly that roared: LGBTQ collectives fighting for justice over war crimes

Crisalida, a LGBTQ collective from San Rafael, Colombia, was brutalised under paramilitary occupation of the small Andean town. Their leader was murdered and many went into hiding, but they are now emerging defiant, demanding justice for the war crimes committed against them.

The New York Times
Science Fiction From Latin America, With Zombie Dissidents and Aliens in the Amazon

Also in print - front page of Arts Section 19/06 Across Latin America, shelves labeled “ciencia ficción” have long been filled with translations of H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury. But their reign over the region’s bookcases may be drawing to a close. [NB Also translated into Spanish by the New York Times]

The Sunday Times Magazine
The Secrets of Colombia's Jaguar Men

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?

Politics & Analysis

Delayed Gratification Magazine
"Colombia's History Split in Two on 19 June"

Longform interview about Colombia's election of its first ever left wing government - and it's first even Female Afro-Colombian Vice-President - with Erlendy Cuero of Afrodes.

TV | Radio | Podcast

Overseas Radio Network
Newsreader and Host of 'Colombia Calling'

Since 2020, I have written and delivered the news segment for this weekly podcast. I also regularly host, doing longform interviews with a huge range of guests - from writers and translators to scientists and researchers. The podcast has around 10,000 listeners per month.

Subscription News Service
The Colombia Briefing

My weekly news briefing via Substack and WhatsApp: a five-minute audio and a bullet-point run-down of the week's top stories from Colombia - delivered every Monday.

Taming The Titans

How did a handful of companies come to dominate our digital lives? What does it mean for us and how might we take that power back? Taming The Titans: ARTICLE 19's new podcast on Big Tech and human rights, hosted by Emily Hart.

Colombia Calling
Ep 455: Colombia's Battle for Memory

"Conflict was not only played out on the battlefield, but also in the symbolic field." Emily Hart and renowned Colombian political scientist María Emma Wills Obregón discuss collective memory, polarisation and conflict resolution - and how a country can weave itself back together after decades of war.

Colombia Calling
Ep 512: There is no such thing as Spanish

Emily Hart sits with Booker Prize Chair Frank Wynne, tracing his incredible career from the start of his linguistic journey to his award-winning translation of writers across Latin America and the francophone world - particularly his work on cult Colombian author and 'Enemy Number 1 of Macondo' - Andrés Caicedo.

Colombian Media

Colombia Reports
"Enough" - Medellin art festival protests spiralling violence

Hundreds gathered at a Medellin art festival on Monday to demonstrate against the spiralling violence and impunity that plague Colombia's second largest city. Central to the opening night was one of the latest victims of violence, graphic artist Mauricio Ospina.

The Bogotá Post
Medellín's miracle transformation: a half-told story

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.

Human Rights Research

The Global Expression Report 2024

I have been analyst and author of this report for eight years - a data-based annual report which tracks freedom of expression across the world. I also designed the data set, combining indicators from V-Dem's database to capture and measure the state of freedom of expression worldwide.

The New Humanitarian
Backsliding on free expression around the world needs to end

Internet blackouts. Strategic lawsuits against journalists. Regulations restricting the activities of NGOs. The weaponisation of health and security policies. These are all strategies that governments around the world are increasingly using to curtail the right to dissent, protest, and even just access information.

Travel | Review

Hay Festival
"We have to keep our language of enthusiasm and curiosity," Patti Smith

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.

Reaction Magazine
Review: 'The Writer' at the Almeida

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.

Dignity for all must mean dignity in the cells. Period.

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

Press Association Blog
UK toy shops face tough times

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.

Hampstead Highgate Express [PDF]
Kaiser Wilhelm's Spies in Hampstead

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

Human Rights Research

The Huffington Post
The Right to Know: Red Junco And The Roots Of Empowerment

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.

The Huffington Post UK
Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

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.

Writing Rights Ltd - Editing and Consultancy