Daniel Johnson (journalist)

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Daniel Benedict Johnson (born 26 August 1957) is a British journalist and author who was the founding editor of Standpoint magazine.[1][2] Since 2018, he has been founding editor of online journalism platform www.thearticle.com, an associate editor of The Critic magazine and commentator for The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, and The Daily Telegraph.

On 9 November, 1989, Johnson attended an East German Government press conference on loosening of travel restrictions for East Germans, and asked the final question: "What will happen to the Berlin Wall now?" His question and Minister Schabowski's response is shown nightly in a video displayed every evening to tourists at the Deutsche Bundestag building in Berlin.[citation needed]


Daniel Johnson is the son of the author Paul Johnson and brother of Cosmos Johnson, Sophie Johnson-Clark and entrepreneur Luke Johnson.[3]

After attending Langley Grammar School he graduated with a First in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford. Johnson was awarded a Shakespeare Scholarship to Berlin. Returning to English academia as a fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, he served as Director of Publications for the Centre for Policy Studies.

Johnson covered the fall of the Berlin Wall as German correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and has worked as a leader writer for both The Times and The Telegraph, as well as literary editor and associate editor for The Times.[4]

In 2008, he launched Standpoint magazine as founding editor. He stepped down in December 2018.[5] He was also a contributing editor to The New York Sun and a contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, Prospect, Commentary, and The New Criterion,[6] as well as The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard.

In 2018, Johnson became the founding editor of a new political opinion website, TheArticle.[7]

He is Catholic and is married with four children. He has participated in an Oxford Union debate arguing that Islam is not a religion of peace.[8]


  • 1989 German Neo-Liberals and the Social Market Economy
  • 1991 Thomas Mann: Death in Venice and other stories
  • 2007 White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War was Fought on the Chessboard


  1. ^ "About Us". Standpoint. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Will Standpoint fall at the first hurdle?". The Independent. London. 29 December 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Arguing the World: Standpoint, A New British Periodical". The New York Sun. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Daniel Johnson profile". The Guardian. London. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  5. ^ "After more than ten years, founder of Standpoint magazine Daniel Johnson stands down as Editor" Archived 14 January 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Standpoint website, accessed 13 January 2019
  6. ^ "Daniel Johnson". The New Criterion. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Home". thearticle.com.
  8. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Daniel Johnson | Islam Is Not A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union. YouTube.