Rolling into Ukraine – gaining access to the ATO zone

Ukraine’s war is a rare topic of discussion and reportage which is odd considering application for a frontline press card and security clearance is rather straight forward. It lacks the ambiguity of others such as Iraq where you cannot pass without hiring a fixer who has contacts in the military. Instruction for how to apply … Continue reading Rolling into Ukraine – gaining access to the ATO zone

Checking in to Somalia: What I Learnt in the Horn Of Africa

For journalists, a fascination with Somalia exists from a mixture of historical interest and uncomfortable politics. But for those seeking to travel for the sake of saying you have, tread carefully ensuring you have adequate contacts and a base you can trust. Humanitarian issues plaguing the east African state make this a nation in need … Continue reading Checking in to Somalia: What I Learnt in the Horn Of Africa

If there is a hard Brexit, the Tories will be harder on us

Not the result we expected nor wanted considering Brexit negotiations ahead of us. News gatherers will anxiously await the result of such a disastrous election campaign mirroring the EU referendum in every way. Personal attacks, misinformation equalled a Conservative campaign promoted once more upon a throne of lies. Newsgatherers everywhere, especially in Europe will need … Continue reading If there is a hard Brexit, the Tories will be harder on us

Laptop bans on flights to the UK cause confusion amongst airport staff

Airport staff have not been properly briefed on what is and what is not prohibited In 2016 I visited Jordan for an NGO documenting the seriousness of the refugee crisis sparked by the Syrian war. My visit was relatively straightforward, no complications of security were in place to limit carry on returning to the UK. … Continue reading Laptop bans on flights to the UK cause confusion amongst airport staff

Travelling a lot? A word of warning – get yourself a passport cover

Yep! It happens, especially in the habitats of journalists working in areas of civil unrest. My passport cover has almost scrubbed itself completely off from the constant removal from pockets to passport control, back to pocket and several other times it is required for inspection. When you land at your destination - you will undoubtedly repeat this … Continue reading Travelling a lot? A word of warning – get yourself a passport cover

Ukraine is a conflict in need of coverage – but it is not that simple to gain access anymore

Ukraine is in need of journalists but the army is not that willing to let them in Ukraine’s war wounds rarely echo through the news and a likely answer to this is the slightly confusing routes for entry into the zones of conflict. Once you have applied for and obtained an ATO press card there … Continue reading Ukraine is a conflict in need of coverage – but it is not that simple to gain access anymore