From 2011 to 2014 I was working for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights as a researcher. UK media were quite interested in the Arab Spring and its effects across the Middle East and North Africa, so I began pitching articles on the situation in Bahrain.
Human Rights and Turkey
In 2012 I first visited Turkey on holiday, and returned for a work conference on Bahrain to Istanbul where I saw the end of the 2013 Gezi Park protests and made the first piece of film work I had attempted.
Doing video journalism was something I found I enjoyed a lot, so I started doing more of it, sometimes for Vice. I also started to write about human rights topics more generally, as well as on UK culture and society:
At the end of 2014 I went to live in Turkey for about 6 months until April 2015. I started learning Turkish and writing about Turkish politics:
- OpenDemocracy: ‘Turkey’s new Caliph: understanding Erdoğan’s hegemony’ (13 August, 2014)
- OpenDemocracy: ‘New security laws could make Turkey into a police state’ (16 December, 2014)
- GlobalVoices: ‘The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry‘ (13 Jan, 2015)
- OpenDemocracy: ‘Turkey and Armenia: genocide? what genocide?’ (28 Feb, 2015)
- OpenDemocracy: ‘Freedom or dignity: media censorship in the new Turkey’ (7 April, 2015)
- OpenDemocracy: ‘Turkey and the Armenian genocide: the next century’ (24 April, 2015)
- GlovalVoices: ‘In Eastern Turkey, Walking in the Shadow of Genocide‘ (30 April, 2015)
- GlobalVoices: ‘I’m a Syrian Refugee in Turkey, but I’ve Decided to Return Home‘ (4 Sept, 2015)
- GlobalVoices: ‘At Least 86 Killed in Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally‘ (10 October, 2015)
- GlobalVoices: ‘Two Presidents, an Audacious Kidnap Attempt and Misogyny in Turkish Football‘ (29 Oct, 2015)
- AlAraby: ‘Will Erdogan manage to change the constitution in 2016?’ (7 Jan, 2016)
- GlobalVoices: ‘Outspoken Fashion Designer Arrested By Turkish Authorities‘ (5 January, 2017)
- GlobalVoices: ‘Turkish Opposition Looks to Build Momentum as Their Justice March Reaches Istanbul‘ (8 July, 2017)
- Ahval: ‘Turkey struggles to take moral high ground in face of its own human rights record’ (Oct 13, 2018)
- Ahval: ‘Why can’t the Turkish government produce a national car?’ (April 20, 2019)
- Ahval: ‘Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu could win more votes in new poll’ (May 7, 2019)
- Ahval: ‘Turkish newspapers rush to hail Boris Johnson despite his cynicism’ (27 July, 2019)
- OpenDemocracy: ‘Turkey’s Mount Ida: who thought this would be a good idea?’ (19 September, 2019)
- Ahval: ‘Britain’s new special adviser for counter-terrorism linked to Turkey lobbyists’ (7 November, 2019)
In Turkey, I also worked on two documentaries, one about the history and politicisation of Istanbul’s architecture, and one about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. You can see those on the Video page.
After I started working at Wikimedia UK, I also started writing about Wikipedia and the organisations that support it. You can see a lot of my blogging about Wikimedia UK’s work on their blog.
Culture, Society, History
This is for everything else.
- Dazed: ‘How a Thomas the Tank Engine fandom made me less cynical about the internet‘ (27 Feb, 2019)
- Vice: ‘Jacob Appelbaum Doesn’t Have Much Hope for the Future of Privacy‘ (7 Oct, 2013)
- Vice: ‘A New Copyright Law Could Be the End of the Internet As We Know It (Again)‘ (3 December, 2013)
- Vice: ‘The Saudi Arabian Artist in Jail For Having Long Hair‘ (13 Feb, 2014)
- Middle East Eye: ‘My father, Eric Avebury, the patron saint of unpopular human rights causes‘ (18 Feb, 2016)
- Guardian: ‘This ludicrous election to replace Lord Avebury should be boycotted‘ (18 April, 2016)
- Global Voices: ‘London’s Social Housing is Falling Down‘ (10 August, 2015)
- Global Voices: ‘Reclaiming the Weeping Time‘ (29 May, 2015)
- Vice: ”This Is the Social Cleansing of London’ — Housing Protests as World’s Largest Property Fair Comes to Town‘ (22 Oct, 2014)
- Vice: ‘London’s Arthouse Cinema Workers Are Striking for a Living Wage‘ (24 July, 2014)