Jon Snow
Jon Snow presents Channel 4 News. He has been a journalist with ITN since 1976, and the face of Channel 4 News since 1989. He reported The Revolution in Iran; the Release of Nelson Mandela; the fall of the Berlin Wall; and more recently, the Arab Spring and the Japanese Tsunami. As well as presenting the programme, Jon writesSnowblog - a unique take on the day's events - and

Snowmail - a preview of the evening programme's main stories. He is the most followed UK journalist on twitter – currently @jonsnowc4 has 226,168 followers.

Entries by Jon Snow

Saudi Mosque, Exports, Oil and the West

(13) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 12:07 PM

The Great Mosque of Brussels stands proud in the capital of Belgium, as well it might. For the site was a gift by then Belgian King Baudouin in 1967 to the Saudis.

brussels mosque

The 1960s saw large numbers of Moroccan and Turkish people arrive...

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Paris Attacks: Middle East's Wars Arrive in Europe

(16) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:15 PM

We have arrived at a crossroads. Few can have believed that the bloody killings of Charlie Hebdo's staff would be the end of it. Today many may hope, but virtually no one will believe, that the ghastly attacks on the concert hall and restaurants in Paris will either...

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Beating the Taboo of Writing About Dying

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 7:00 PM

There's a chance that this final book of poems by Felix Dennis, I Just Stepped Out, seriously assaults the taboo of writing about one's own death, indeed of writing about death at all. But if anyone could do it, Felix Dennis could. The richest man I've ever known well -...

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Charlie Hebdo Shooting Is a Ferociously Shocking Moment

(30) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 7:06 AM

Even for a hardened news man in a hardened newsroom the mass shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a ferociously shocking moment.

We know at least 12 are dead, five are critically wounded and others beside. And those numbers will doubtless change during the day.

It happens...

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The Going of Alex Salmond

(16) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 7:00 PM

We might have been sitting in an undertaker's waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.

In fact we were waiting for the first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond to enter to give his first news conference since the defeat of the yes campaign...

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Our Obligation to the Memory of the Victims of 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Thirteen years on, have we learned from 9/11?

Could any of us have imagined that the attack on America by mainly Saudi-born radicals on this very day 13 years ago, would represent one of the most defining events of modern history?

From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region...

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Gaza Conflict: Is It Too Late For Negotiated Peace?

(26) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:32 AM

Have I awoken to a swarm of bees in my lightless hotel room? The electricity is off, again. The bees are drones, devised in America, manufactured in Israel, overhead in Gaza at all times in this war.

Crump, crump, boom. boom. You hear the shells fired, and the boom of...

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Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:47 AM

So the NSPCC has finally had a change of heart and backed calls for the criminal law to confront those who fail to report evidence of child abuse. Intriguingly, public schools are included in the list of institutions that need to come within the remit of such a...

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When Life in Cyberspace Becomes Horrifically Real on Earth

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:13 AM

By chance in New York over the weekend, I happened upon the continuation of a modern phenomenon. The internet is coming back to earth.

Close on the heels of a Channel 4 News report looking at the internet fashionistas beginning to become teen super stars on terra firma,...

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My Friend, Maya Angelou - America's Great Warrior

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I just heard she's died. I just lost an amazing friend.

Maya Angelou was far larger than life: a vast life force. Tall, somewhere around six foot, with a voice that ranged from deep baritone to high contralto. She could recite, sing, dance, laugh, cry, speak, and...

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The Visceral Hatred of Westminster Politics

(55) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:34 AM

Sex, greed, over-centralised politics, and London-centricity - they all play their part in the alienation from Westminster politics that many of us are finding within and beyond the M25.

Were it confined to a turning to populists like Boris Johnson, and Nigel Farage, it might not matter so much. Even...

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Is News Ruining Our Lives?

(28) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I was asked over the weekend to debate this question with Alain De Botton, (Author of News: A User's Manual), and Carl Honoré (Author of In Praise of Slowness), at the Bath Literary Festival. I was teamed with Carla Buzasi, editor of The Huffington Post UK. I thought you might...

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Nelson Mandela: The Man Who Inspired My Generation

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 3:54 AM

Over two decades after his "walk to freedom", Nelson Mandela has walked his final mile.

The impact of his death will reach far beyond the frontiers of South Africa. There will be tears, but celebration for one of the most remarkable lives of our time.

Madiba, as he was fondly...

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Young People Are Showing the Way to Battle Climate Change

(46) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM

In contrast to the scepticism of us cynical and over-worked adults, the awareness amongst children of both the tenderness of our planet and the fatal threats from climate change is undiminished. Visiting both primary and secondary schools, I am constantly struck by how aware and how fervently many children feel...

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Seamus Heaney: A Great Poet, Full of Light and Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 8:08 AM

I was lucky enough to know Seamus Heaney; to interview him and even spend time with him and his wife, Maire.

Although he was born in the north, he lived most of his literary days in Dublin. But the Troubles in the north were never far from his heart.


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The News Report Tonight You Cannot Afford to Miss

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Nowhere describes Syria's disintegration as a nation more acutely than her shattered second city of Aleppo. No where describes the agony of Syria more acutely than that city's Darshifa Clinic.

Despite the almost complete lack of medical staff, drugs, equipment and even sanitation, the clinic tends the cascades of...

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Shall We Stuff the President?

(14) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The BA 747 sat idling at the Gate at Heathrow airport. Our departure time of 9.00pm for Nairobi came and went. Two hours elapsed.

Suddenly two men in black bearing equally black cases entered the plane and we took off. Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first independent president, had died earlier...

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Kraftwerk's Crafty Work: Crossing Generations

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 6:00 PM

How can a band that was the rage 40 years ago still be relevant? The question was answered for 1,250 3D bespectacled fans, of whom I was one, on Friday night.

The question is answered at every one of their eight night performances at Tate Modern in London.

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After Newtown's Nightmare, Who Would Be Obama?

(83) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:33 AM

I'll admit, my love affair with America has been a tangled business. It is layered with both love and hate. It is laced with romance, myth, endless misbehavior, violence, and tragedy. It affects us all, this complex 'leader of the free world'. Ultimately it is an eternal and unhappy affair,...

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A Legacy to Stand On?

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM

OK so we have hosed ourselves down, celebrated Jonnie Peacock, Ellie Simmonds and so very many more. But beyond our fading emotions, stirred in a way not one of us ever anticipated, what's left?

For myself, and I guess many others, I do consider disability differently, visible disability for sure....

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