Freelance Journalist and Filmmaker
“Quite simply, the Trust watches our back, and without them the work of freelancers worldwide would be harder and more insecure.”
James is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker who joined the Board in 2010. Based in London, he has travelled to over 70 countries, investigating, filming and directing in the world’s most hostile environments. His awards include the Rory Peck Sony Impact Award (2003), the Rory Peck Freelancer’s Choice Award (2003), the IDA Courage Under Fire Award (2004) and the IDFA Joris Ivens Competition Special Jury Award (2004).
He has been nominated for two BAFTAs and two Emmys and made over 40 international current affairs films broadcast by BBC, Channel 4, CNN, SABC and the Discovery Channel. James lectures on the ethics and practicalities of journalism in war zones and has written for The Observer, The Independent and The Guardian. His internationally bestselling book, My Friend the Mercenary, was published in 2010 – a memoir recounting his experiences of the Liberian civil war and the Equatorial Guinea coup plot.
“The Rory Peck Trust is a unique lifeline of help, care and support for freelancers who work under the most difficult conditions, reporting the hardest stories, facing the greatest risks. Being connected to the Trust is to be connected to the global community of freelancers – helping to keep our work as productive, sustainable, and as safe as possible.”