International Multimedia Journalist
International Multimedia Journalist
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.
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).
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."
Colombia Reports: Reporting from Medellín
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President Ivan Duque's attempts to protect his political allies from war crimes investigations has pushed him to undermine not just Colombia's peace process, but the foundations of its democracy. Duque has refused to sign off on the statutory law that defines the powers of the country's war crimes tribunal, JEP.
Former FARC commander " El Paisa " failed to appear at his first hearing before Colombia's war crimes tribunal almost a year after he went underground.
Women´s football in Colombia is plagued by abuses of power, from bullying and blackmail, to harassment and sexual assault of underage girls, according to The League Against Silence.
An expert commission has given the go-ahead for fracking pilot projects in Colombia, despite President Ivan Duque 's promise not to use the controversial method and questions about the legitimacy of the panel's methods.
Colombia's armed conflict established the perfect conditions for silence and censorship in both cities and villages, and now more than half of Colombia has no access to local news. 578 of 994 municipalities mapped by press freedom foundation FLIP are "silent zones," where no news outlet produces or provides local information.
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.
President Ivan Duque wants to end peace talks with Colombia's ELN rebels following a terrorist attack in Bogota last week, but his response is not supported by those grieving for the victims. Diego Perez, a retired police officer and the father of Diego Fernando Perez, a 22 year old victim of the attack, gave a moving plea to end the violence that killed his son and has devastated the country for decades.
Colombia's biggest financial group, Grupo Aval, reportedly authorized the doctoring of documents that facilitated bribes of its former business partner, Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht.
Reporting on the Hay Festival in Colombia
Doris Salcedo, sculptor and visual artist, spoke to a buzzing theatre on Friday in Cartagena. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, but is heavily-rooted in the politics and history of her country, and her experience as a Colombian.
Writer and activist Michael Pollan has spent years researching psychedelic substances, their history, and their use in treatment of addiction and mental health issues, culminating in his acclaimed book 'How to Change Your Mind'.
Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón, moderated by María Jimena Duzán, tackled the situation in Colombia right now. The panel comes at a key turning point for Colombia, in the wake of a car bomb in Bogota last month which killed 22.
"No girl should be missing school because she can't afford to have a period," said Amika George, starting a movement with the #FreePeriods protest. And she's completely right, of course. But the issue goes way deeper. Women have the right to dignity in menstruation in every situation, and no public body should be failing to respect and fulfil this right.
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...
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.
“Men are not born men, they are turned into men,” said the author and journalist, referring to the socialisation of young boys, often characterised by cruelty and repression.
'Mothering' is a focus on a woman's status as a mother regardless of her other roles and identity. It is an all-too-common way of rendering women two-dimensional, disseminated all across art and media, but new play Three Mothers flips our expectations of the word, redefining it as something infinitely more complex and authentic.
Zadie Smith, British author, spoke to a packed theatre in Cartagena on Friday evening, speaking about her childhood, collective identity, and her relationship with writing.
"It’s moving, it’s gratifying... I don’t understand it, but it’s a great pleasure,” says André Aciman of the cultish status which his 2007 novel Call Me by Your Name has taken on since the release of the film of the same name last year. He now receives tweets with images of fans who have made pilgrimages to locations from the book, and peach-themed memorabilia from readers all over the world.
"Why make the film?" Ai WeiWei was asked last night after the first UK screenings of his first feature length documentary: "To gain more knowledge on a global scale: to see the human flow." Ai WeiWei sets out to find out more, to know better what this refugee situation is: 65 million people, across more than 40 camps, in 23 countries.
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. On Saturday morning, she spoke with Diego Rabasa about politics and the art of being an artist
Something a little questionable emerged from this year's awards season. It seems that at this year's Oscars, and actually for much of this decade so far, there is a strong trend towards the historical and biopic, with the various ceremonies becoming orgies of celebration of historical underdogs; there's a strange sense that these awards are ...
#MeToo altered the global conversation on harassment and sexual assault: but its impact is still unclear. In the first of two panels on the topic during the festival, author Lydia Cacho, writer Wenceslao Bruciaga, and illustrator Maria Hesse - in discussion with Gabriela Jauregui - sat down yesterday evening (5 September) to discuss what it means for the Spanish-speaking world, from Mexico to Spain, and where that momentum might take us next.
Colombian regulators have taken a firm approach to data misuse in the face of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, impending elections, and politicians accused of corruption and cartel links.
Today, 250 million fewer women than men are online, despite international commitment to equality on the Internet.
On 3 November 2015, Ranking Digital Rights published its inaugural report examining corporate practices around freedom of expression and privacy.
This article was cited by UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye, in his June 2017 report on the roles played by private actors in the provision of Internet and telecommunications access.
Freedom of Expression
Investigative journalism is having a pivotal moment in Mexico: in recent years, vital information has come to light through journalistic work – notably on corruption by companies like Odebrecht and governors like Javier Duarte de Ochoa. Journalists Alejandro Páez Varela, Nayeli Roldán, and Marcela Turati came together in a panel at the Hay Festival Querétaro to discuss the importance of the work, and its future in Mexico.
Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 and has campaigned tirelessly for human rights in Iran and across the globe, now living in forced exile in the UK. On Friday, she sat down with Mexican journalist and campaigner Lydia Cacho, to discuss hopefulness, freedom of expression, and the walls which threaten to separate us.
This week, cartoonist and political satirist Zunar spoke to ARTICLE 19's Emily Hart about politics, satire, and his upcoming trial.
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 month has dumped a truckload of media coverage of Dapper Laughs and Julien Blanc on us all, fuelled to some extent by Change.Org petitions which are aimed at silencing their (admittedly venomous) voices. Misogyny like the stuff peddled by Dapper Laughs and Julien Blanc is not in any doubt - it's undeniable, hateful, toxic shite.
Local News Reporting
Exiled from Russia after an unsuitable marriage, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich Romanov lived at Kenwood House for more than a decade, spanning the Russian Revolution and WWI. Print and E-Edition of the Ham&High, p18 http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=88117e2c-6037-49cc-bc95-c5500c2b3410
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.
Highgate's Dan Thompson has set himself a monumental challenge: to run 10k in every country in the world, fundraising for Cancer Research UK.
Walkers out for a Boxing Day stroll on Camber Sands beach were in for a suprise this year.
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
Writing Rights Ltd - Copywriting and Organisational Content
This report, researched and drafted by me, was covered by the Guardian, Time, and Sky News, among others.
Enabling people to access information is empowering. It provides a means to understand and effectively engage with institutions that hold the power to affect their lives. This report examines the situation for people in Russia to obtain government held information, the rights they have under international and national law to access information and the obstacles they face in exercising those rights.
On 1 October 2018, Goette-Luciak was arrested at his home in Managua, and his belongings were seized. No explanation for his arrest or charges were provided, he was taken for questioning, and subsequently deported.
"None of us has the luxury of being indifferent anymore: we have seen that what happens in one part of the world has a direct impact on the lives, on the happiness of people in another parts of the world. We are deeply, deeply connected in so many ways." Elif Shafak
Last year, violations of the right to freedom of expression in Bangladesh reached their highest point in five years, with 335 incidents, according to new figures released by ARTICLE 19 to mark World Press Freedom Day.
It is all about resistance - pushing back against the erosion of human rights online in the name of national security, efficacy, and even Internet access itself.
Writing Rights Ltd - Editing
Whose privacy are we fighting for when we say we defend the right to privacy? In this report we take a hard look at the right to privacy and its reality for women, trans and gender diverse people.
This report examines legislation, policies, and practices related to 'hate speech' in Germany, with a particular focus on the media. It examines compliance with international freedom of expression standards and offers recommendations for improvement. It also describes recent changes to legislation related to 'hate speech', in particular in regard to social media networks.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is part of our daily lives. This technology shapes how people access information, interact with devices, share personal information, and even understand foreign languages. It also transforms how individuals and groups can be tracked and identified, and dramatically alters what kinds of information can be gleaned about people from their data.
An investigation into use of social platforms and dating apps by the LGBTQ community in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iran.
Financial services are changing, with technology being a key driver. It is affecting the nature of financial services, from credit and lending through to insurance, and even the future of money itself. The field of fintech is where the attention and investment is flowing.
Despite being one of the region's leading cyberpowers, Iran is one of the worst violators of international standards relating to the Internet, routinely violating human rights exercised online, and using online tactics to restrict rights exercised offline. A regime-led ideological Soft War threatens to keep Iranian citizens isolated from the rest of the world, and ...
Archant 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." A druid holds a ceremonial flask of wine, which was offered to the earth during the celebration.
Student Journalism - Cherwell
We are having a breakdown in our relationship with reality television.
For those who couldn't be bothered to sit through 84 hours of the film industry's most self-indulgent self-congratulation, Cherwell brings you the 'important' bits of what you missed.
Storytime with Grandpa Attenborough in Episode 1 of 'Africa' Predictably, David Attenborough's new series Africa is utterly great. Better than great. This first episode is about the Kalahari desert and its inhabitants, and the four years of research and filming has produced some truly amazing sequences.