Martin Fletcher

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Martin Fletcher (born 7 July 1956) is former associate editor[1] and former foreign editor of The Times in London.[2] He was named feature writer of the year in the 2015 British Press Awards.

Fletcher has also worked for The Times as a political journalist, as Washington Bureau Chief,[3] as Belfast correspondent,[4] and as Europe correspondent based in Brussels.[5] He was foreign editor from 2002 and 2006.[6] Since then he has worked as a roving correspondent specialising mostly in foreign affairs, reporting from many countries including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Somalia, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo.[7]

He was shortlisted for feature writer of the year in the British Press Awards of 2016, foreign journalist of the year in the British Press Awards of 2007 and 2010,[8] best travel article in the Foreign Press Association Awards of 2008,[9] best print journalist in the Foreign Press Association awards of 2009 and best environment story in the Foreign Press Association Awards of 2014.[10] He now writes articles for publications including The New Statesman, Prospect, The Times magazine, the Daily Telegraph magazine, Radio Times, GQ, the Financial Times, The Mail on Sunday, Wanderlust and Conde Nast Traveller.

He is also the author of The Good Caff Guide (Wildwood House), Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America (Little Brown) and Silver Linings: Travels around Northern Ireland (Little Brown). 'Almost Heaven' was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award 2000 .


Fletcher believes Boris Johnson is harming British interests by alienating people of other nations that the UK needs as allies. Fletcher wrote, "Indeed, most are appalled by his [Johnson's] apparent failure to address the pressing international issues of the day; by the gratuitous offence that he has given to so many of the UK’s partners when it desperately needs their goodwill; and by the country’s loss of stature on the global stage".[11]</ref>


  1. ^ The job of reporting in Gaddafi's Tripoli, The Times, 10 March 2011
  2. ^ "New foreign editor at The Times". PressGazette. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Howard Kurtz (8 May 1994). "British Press Revels". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "democwatch archive". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "New foreign editor at The Times". Press Gazette. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Brook, Stephen (14 September 2006). "Times fills foreign editor gap". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "British Press Awards shortlists announced". Press Gazette. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (26 November 2008). "Somalian journalist wins top award for Channel 4 report". Press Gazette. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Miles Amoore FPA Feature Print Web Award Winner 2009 – social media business berkshire". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Fletcher, Martin (4 November 2014). "The joke's over – how Boris Johnson is damaging Britain's global stature". New Statesman. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 

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