Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 7:00PM

Pills, Powder and Smoke

Best-selling author and journalist Antony Loewenstein will be at Frontline to discuss Pills, Powder, and Smoke, his in-depth investigation of the individuals, officials, activists, victims, DEA agents, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war. Travelling through the UK, the US, Australia, Honduras, the Philippines, and Guinea-Bissau, he uncovers the secrets of the drug war, why it’s so hard to end, and who is really profiting from it. Chaired by BBC Newsnight’s International Editor, Gabriel Gatehouse.

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August

Byline Festival with Frontline Club 2019

Join us in Pippingford Park, East Sussex at the world’s first festival for independent journalism and freedom of speech – to debate, discuss, dance, laugh, and change the world. Frontline will be running a specially curated series of talks and documentary screenings exploring this year’s key festival themes: Defending Democracy and The Power of Journalism.

Thursday, 27th June 2019

2019 Annual Frontline Fund, Fundraising Dinner


Christiane Amanpour, Wael al-Omar, Paul Conroy, Anthony Loyd and Ramita Navai invite you to the annual fundraising dinner for the Frontline Fund.

The evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Clubroom from 7pm, followed by a sit down dinner.

The Frontline Fund , also affectionately known as the ‘Fixers Fund’ and set up in 2007, aims to raise money for the families of the brave media workers killed or injured in conflict zones, while working with international press.

Thursday 25th October 2018, 7:00 PM

Ethics and the Law: Journalists and International Criminal Tribunals

Debating the legal and ethical issues encountered by journalists when they are asked, sometimes ordered, to testify in international criminal tribunals.

November 27, 2016

Trump: the ripple that became a wave?

For Trump, world security isn’t ‘an American problem’

November 17, 2016

Breaking Point: The EU Referendum and its Aftermath

There are some things about Brexit that we simply can’t know. No amount of opinion pieces, panel discussions, or leaked memos will change that. As Iain Macwhirter, a political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, quipped, ‘We all know that Brexit means Brexit, but nobody knows what Brexit means!’ So, what does Brexit mean?

November 10, 2016

Groundtruth: 0% of US TV coverage of the election had to do with policy

Just days before the result of the 2016 US Presidential Election, Boston-based foreign news organisation GroundTruth took part in a panel debate on the question of media credibility. In town for a team meeting, Charles Sennott and Gary Knight, founders of GroundTruth, shared their commitment to training up-and-coming talent in global correspondents in an age when […]

October 12, 2016

Displacement and demography: Colombia

“Not quite the evening we thought we were going to have”, began Ed Vulliamy, journalist for The Guardian and The Observer. A talk that was expected to celebrate the formal end to 52 years of civil war, ended up examinging why a much celebrated peace deal between the Farc and the Colombian government was rejected in a public referendum.

November 23, 2015

Sun Mu: From North Korean Propagandist to Pop Art Defector

By Heenali Patel On Friday 20 November, the Frontline Club hosted a premiere screening of the documentary I Am Sun Mu, a remarkable insight into the life and work of North Korean defector and political pop artist Sun Mu. The film follows Sun Mu as he prepares for his first solo exhibition in Beijing in […]

October 9, 2014

The NFB’s hunt for the holy grail of interactive storytelling

By Graham Lanktree Interactive reports that hold short-attention spans online are the holy grail for web editors. Loc Dao, an executive producer and creative technologist at the National Film Board of Canada’s digital studio, has come up with a few recipes for success. At the Frontline Club on Wednesday 8 October, Dao shared the lessons learned […]

August 11, 2014

Animals caught in a stalemate

By Lisa Dupuy Rabbit a La Berlin, a film by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski which will be screened on Wednesday 20 August, examines the plights of a colony of rabbits which lived between the two barriers of the Berlin Wall. Enclosed in this space, the animals lived undisturbed lives – until the Wall was […]

April 30, 2013

Greenland holds its breath: the duality of change

By Lizzie Kendal On Monday 29 April, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of The Village at the End of the World, followed by a Q&A with director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, 2007). “They say in Greenland that they’re holding their breath about their future,” she explained as she introduced the film, which explores the challenges […]

January 17, 2013

Obama 2: The reluctant bully

By Nigel Wilson With the speechwriters putting the final touches to Barack Obama’s second inauguration address, a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 16 January to assess the challenges and expectations facing the president.

January 10, 2013

A pattern of bloodshed

By Nishat Ahmed  Syria’s continually deteriorating situation set the tone for January’s First Wednesday – the first panel debate of the year. The group, chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House, included Melissa Fleming, spokesperson of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Ausama Monajed, the executive director the the London-based Strategic Research […]

October 23, 2012 7:00 PM

#FCBBCA Cyber snooping: In whose hands should internet governance be entrusted?

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In Iran it is reported that the government are building a national intranet that adheres to Islamic values and is isolated from the World Wide Web, in the UK the government is proposing a communications bill that will see an increase in monitoring of emails and social media by the police and intelligence agencies’.

With companies’ interests lying in the commercial gains of data and governments’ in the ability to monitor populations, join us as we ask to whose hands internet governance should be entrusted.

October 10, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Communicating about Syria – A humanitarian perspective

The humanitarian situation in Syria has dramatically worsened over the past weeks and the plight of the Syrian people has drawn international attention and concern as well as condemnation of the Syrian regime.

Join us to discuss the humanitarian efforts being made in Syria and the many challenges that are faced. How do journalists and humanitarian agencies share information in such a complex conflict situation? We will analyse the balance between openness and the ability to continue to provide vital assistance on the ground in a conflict such as that in Syria.

October 2, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED THIRD PARTY EVENT Broken filter: Is our journalism up to the debate over energy and climate change?

Organised by the Greenpeace Energydesk

With the UK’s Energy bill on the verge of coming before parliament and world leaders preparing for the latest climate summit, this time in Doha; some are worrying about the ability of a struggling media to play an effective role in the debate on energy and the climate.

Chaired by editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger an expert panel will be exploring whether our journalism is up to the debate over energy and climate change.

September 12, 2012 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: Obama’s reckoning?

On 6 November 300 million Americans in 50 states will go to the polls to elect the next US President. As the race for the White House heats up join us with a panel of experts to map out the arguments being made by both camps.

August 31, 2012 7:00 PM

Insight with Lydia Cacho: Slavery Inc.

The international sex trade criss-crosses the globe using a sinister network, in a ground-breaking new work of investigative reporting internationally renowned Mexican journalist and campaigner Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK.

Lydia Cacho will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with executive director of Article 19, Dr Agnès Callamard to talk about her expansive investigation into this world and the work she does reporting on domestic violence, child prostitution, organised crime and political corruption, whilst teaching workshops on how to help victims of trafficking.

August 21, 2012 7:00 PM

The next chapter in a century-long conflict?

With a new coalition formed in Israel, a prospective reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and a new leader in Egypt it could be said the century-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict is entering a new chapter.

Across the world, the one-state solution is now openly discussed as a possible outcome. We will be bringing together an expert panel to explain the implications of these political shifts.

August 21, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED The next chapter in a century-long conflict?

With a new coalition formed and then subsequently split in Israel , a prospective reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and a new leader in Egypt it could be said the century-long Israeli–Palestinian conflict is entering a new chapter.

Across the world, the one-state solution is now openly discussed as a possible outcome. We will be bringing together an expert panel to explain the implications of these political shifts.

September 12, 2012 7:00 PM

First Wednesday

After the summer break First Wednesday will take place on the second Wednesday of the month. But, as always, we will be bringing together an informed panel to discuss the story of the moment in a public meeting hosted by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.

July 24, 2012 7:00 PM

POSTPONED Jordan’s Secret Shame


Followed by a Q&A with undercover reporter Hanan Khandagji

BBC Arabic investigation has uncovered cases where children had been seriously injured in Jordan’s private care homes for the mentally disabled. The film also uncovers allegations of sexual abuse at one private care home. Hanan Khandagji is the undercover reporter who produced BBC Arabic’s investigative documentary Jordan’s Secret Shame. The film explores care homes abuse of disable children in Jordan, which received massive media coverage as well as a reaction from the public and the Jordanian government alike. 

July 19, 2012 7:00 PM

What will Lord Justice Leveson conclude about the future of the British press?

As hearings come to a close and Lord Justice Leveson begins his report we will be holding a special event in association with Index on Censorship to discuss what we have learned and the key issues Leveson will be tackling in his report.

July 18, 2012

#FCBBCA: In conversation with Yosri Fouda – Egypt after Mubarak

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Renowned Arab journalist Yosri Fouda will be discussing the events that led him to this conclusion in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall and discussing how the Egyptian people have responded to the life sentence handed down to Mubarak for complicity in the deaths of protesters and their expectations following the presidential elections.

July 18, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED #FCBBCA: In conversation with Yosri Fouda – Egypt after Mubarak

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Renowned Arab journalist Yosri Fouda will be joining us in conversation with senior BBC presenter and special correspondent Lyse Doucet for this special event, post elections we will be asking what lies ahead for the people of Egypt and its new leader.

July 17, 2012 7:00 PM

Diaries of the Syrian revolution with Samar Yazbek

As killings continue and Syria’s future remains in the balance we will be joined by Syrian novelist and journalist Samar Yazbek who will be reflecting on her experience of the uprising and her hopes for her country.

July 12, 2012 7:00 PM

THIRD PARTY SCREENING: Why did Chut Wutty die? Logging and killings in Cambodia and beyond



On April 26th, Cambodian anti-logging activist Chut Wutty was killed by military police near one of the protected areas he was monitoring. The shooting was one of the most shocking episodes in the fierce battle to save the country’s forests from destruction by powerful, corrupt elites who have accumulated vast wealth from their plunder while the people remain devastatingly poor.

July 11, 2012 7:00 PM

Insight with Maajid Nawaz: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

Having journeyed into and out of Islamic extremism Maajid Nawaz remains a Muslim but is a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma. He will be joining us to discuss this journey and the work he now does educating young people about democracy, undoing everything he had once been prepared to die for.

July 9, 2012

In conversation with Hamid Dabashi: The Arab Spring – The End of Postcolonialism

Renowned author and academic Hamid Dabashi will be joining us to share his reflections on the Arab Spring that challenge current thinking about ‘the Middle East’ and propose a re-imagining the moral map of the region.