Activist detained in Azerbaijan on her way to cover European Games

Platform campaigner Emma Hughes was detained at Baku airport on her way to cover the 2015 European Games, which runs from 12-28 June. The country has seen a crack down on people critical to the government, including activists and journalists in the lead up to the event and Azerbaijan now has over 100 political prisoners.

I wrote for the Transition Free Press blog about Platform’s work and the links between activism, oil and the European Games.

Read the full post here on TFP.

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Recent writing

This week I had a couple of posts published on the Transition Free Press blog:

  • Real Media conference celebrates independent journalism about the new campaign and network to support and promote independent, ‘public interest’ journalism. As someone passionate about these kinds of publications and platforms, I’m really excited about its potential. Real Media are holding a conference in Manchester on 28 February.
  • Accelerating transition, city by city about the ARTS research project. A study of five European city regions which aims to find out more about what makes some areas hubs for sustainability.

At the Institute of Development Studies, I have been working on three features for the Interactions website, focused on how the project’s key themes: unpaid care work, gender-based violence and urban health of women and girls in low incomes settings, relate to the Sustainable Development Goals. The first article on unpaid care work is now published here.

Sad news about Transition Free Press

This week Transition Free Press Editor, Charlotte Du Cann announced that the newspaper would no longer be printing due to lack of finance.

I’ve learnt a lot while working as TFP’s News Editor and been constantly inspired by some of the amazing things that communities are doing all over the UK and the rest of the world. It’s also been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and skilled team.

We are all proud of what we have achieved and grateful for all the lovely supportive messages we have received this week.

Read more at the TFP site.

Autumn’s Transition Free Press

Subscribe to Transition Free PressClimate activism, fossil fuel divestment, cohousing, fermentation, power dynamics, sea kayaks, bike trains, community energy, draught busting, TTIP, First Nations’ resistance and plenty more in the new Transition Free Press, out now.

You can get Transition Free Press in a variety of locations all over the UK, or subscribe to get a copy through your door or a digital version. There’s also an online version here on issuu.

 

The new Transition Free Press has landed

Since the beginning of 2014 I have been working as the News & Sport editor of Transition Free Press, a quarterly newspaper working alongside the Transition movement and covering stories of community resilience and topics such as climate change, energy, food, sport and the arts.Subscribe to Transition Free Press

We have been beavering away on the Spring/Summer issue over the past few months and this week the new issue arrived back from the printers. Stories include, the relaunch of the Totnes Pound, a Welsh cafe using waste for for tasty meals, a boost for community energy and a campaign to protect the surfing waves of Cornwall.

The full paper is online here on ISSUU and to get it in your hands, check out our list of distributors here on the Transition Free Press website.