Lauren Razavi

Freelance Journalist and Foreign Reporter

Location icon United Kingdom

I'm a foreign reporter and features writer, specialising in the realms of politics, development and technology from all over the world.

New Statesman
Has terrorism already claimed its next victim in Britain: our right to privacy?

Following last week's tragic events in France, the world has spoken out in solidarity against religious extremism, and in support of the freedom of expression. But alongside this, another narrative has emerged. In the name of safety, British officials have begun arguing in favour of stronger powers for the security services to intercept personal data.

New Statesman
No spanking or bondage: why the government's new porn laws are arbitrary and sexist

In a hopeless government attempt to control what Britons get off on, new rules regulating the UK porn industry have come into force this week. The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 imposes restrictions on the content of pornography made and sold within the UK - and it does so with a perplexing ignorance about the realities of modern technology.

The Guardian
How Rabat's Mawazine music festival is signalling progress for the city

It's 10pm on a Friday evening and 100,000 people have gathered at the OLM Souissi arena in Rabat. Agdal, the district that houses the enormous outdoor stage, is one of the Moroccan capital's trendiest and most exclusive neighbourhoods. Over the past decade, it has also become known as the international music hub of the city.

Where are the best and worse places to be an expat?

There's a lot to consider when emigrating to another country: salary, cost of living, quality of life, entitlement to healthcare... If you're thinking of joining the 320,000 Brits who left these shores in 2013, though, you're in luck: combining a few recent studies does much of the work for you.

The Guardian
Welcome to Norwich - England's first city of literature

What makes a city a literary giant? According to Unesco, it takes a rare and rarified combination of editorial initiatives and educational programmes, lashings of libraries, bookstores and cultural centres, plus a vibrant literary event scene.

The Guardian
Language learning: what motivates us?

"Where's your name from?" I wasn't expecting to be the subject of my interview with John Schumann, but the linguistics professor had picked up on my Persian surname. Talking to me from California, where he is one of the world's leading academic voices on language learning, he effortlessly puts my own Farsi to shame.

Wendy Ruderman on writing true crime and winning a Pulitzer

Wendy Ruderman [left] is co-author of true crime book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love and co-winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Lauren Razavi speaks to her about getting started in journalism and the process of nailing a true crime story...

Freelance versus full-time

Would you rather work alone, or do you need a job that's part of a team to feel inspired? Lauren Razavi quizzes journalists who've tried different positions... Declining print media has reduced the amount of work available for writers, while the rise of digital ensures there are exciting new opportunities in the rapidly changing industry.

Rachel Khoo: Making it in food and television

Rachel Khoo is a self-made fashion PR-turned-food star with a passion for vintage clothes and travel. Her cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen , and the accompanying BBC Two series have marked her out as one to watch in the world of food journalism. Lauren Razavi finds out the secret of making it in TV and publishing...

University students hold the key to LGBT progress - Telegraph

As a modern human at a liberal institution, this news garnered a fairly nonchalant response: I shrugged and asked him if he wanted another coffee. Caffeine was far more of a concern to me than the fact he liked to sleep with men. Yet many LGBT students still face considerable difficulties in higher education.

Does a master's degree make you any more employable?

As the possibility of unemployment looms for many, more than 500,000 each year choose to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate taught programme such as a master's. The motivation behind this decision is often related to belief that a higher-level qualification will result in a better job.

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