Richard Nield
Richard Nield
Richard Nield
Richard Nield
Richard Nield


Fundraising launched for film on impact on Jordan of influx of Syrian refugees

The fundraising campaign for The Second Crisis, a compelling film about the devastating impact that the influx of Syrian refugees is having on the poorest and most vulnerable Jordanians, has now been launched.

The film tells the untold personal stories of impoverished local people who are being forced out of their homes by unscrupulous landlords seeking to benefit from the arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians in Jordan’s northern towns by increasing rents by as much as 300 per cent.

At the samne time, there are increasing strains on the price and availability of basic necessities such as food, power and water, and the country itself is suffering damaging long term effects from the crisis. Tensions between the local community and the new Syrian arrivals are rising.

Filming is complete, and the funds will enable post-production work to complete the film.

The film has been entirely self-financed to date, but now there is an opportunity for you to contribute to bringing this story to the screen. There are some great rewards on offer on the Kickstarter page in return for your contribution.

To find out more about how you can help with the film’s completion, visit the Kickstarter page here:

Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

26 September 2013 – Frontline Club

An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations.

Assembled for the discussion were Purvis, professor of television journalism at City University, Hulbert, a media historian, Penny Marshall of ITV News, former journalist and renowned novelist Frederick Forsyth and veteran journalist Martin Bell in the chair.

A wide-ranging talk took in Marshall’s defence of a story on Bosnian war atrocities, Forsyth’s experiences of reporting the Biafra massacres in Nigeria, and a variety of other issues associated with reporting under pressure.

The product of meticulous archive research, Purvis and Hulbert’s book covers a range of situations in which lines might be crossed.

“No one has ever defined what the line is,” said Purvis. “We found that there are lots of lines.”


Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013

Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population.

To view the page, just click here:

And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.


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