Nabila Ramdani

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Nabila Ramdani
Nabila Ramdani at World Economic Forum.JPG
Nabila Ramdani at the World Economic Forum
Born Nabila Ramdani
Occupation Journalist

Nabila Ramdani is a French freelance journalist of Algerian descent who specialises in Anglo-French issues, Islamic affairs, and the Arab World.

Life and work[edit]

Ramdani holds an MPhil in International History from the London School of Economics (LSE),[1] and an MPhil in British and American History and Literature from Paris 7 University.

She has an agrégation in English and has held positions of Lectrice[fr] at the University of Oxford (Jesus and Oriel Colleges) and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and of teaching assistant at Paris Diderot.

In December 2000, while a student in Paris, Ramdani launched the "Comité des usagères de la ligne A",[2] a group calling for temporary sex segregation in public transport while safety issues, and especially violence against women, were resolved.

Ramdani began her career in journalism covering the 2007 French presidential elections for a number of UK newspapers, and working as a commentator for the BBC. She writes regular columns for The Guardian,[3] the London Evening Standard,[4] the New Statesman,[5]The Independent[6] and The Observer.[7]

She has written features and news stories for a wide range of other British publications, including The Daily Telegraph,[8] The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail,[9] Mail on Sunday, The Express and The Sunday Times. Ramdani’s work has also appeared in Middle Eastern newspapers including The National,[10] Gulf News, Daily News Egypt, and the Qatari corporate magazine Thinkand. She has contributed to the French publications Le Parisien, Marianne, L'Express and Le Figaro.

Ramdani is a commentator for the BBC, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Sky, Channel 4, ITV, CNN, PBS, CBS, Russia Today, and other international broadcast media channels and radio stations. She has worked for French TV and radio stations such as France Télévisions (France 2, France 3 and France 5), Canal Plus, France Inter, Europe 1, RTL, BFM, among others.

In the UK, Ramdani participates in flagship current affairs programmes, including the BBC's Woman's Hour, Today, You and Yours, PM, Newsnight and Dateline London, BBC Arabic's Sabaat Ayyam (Seven Days), Sky News's Press Preview and Boulton & Co, and Al Jazeera's Inside Story.

She is a Fellow on the UN Alliance of Civilisations Programme[11] and is a regular speaker at Wilton Park, the Doha Debates,[12][13] Intelligence Squared and leading universities around the world.

She has worked with the League of Arab States, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), German Marshall Fund (GMF), Open Society Institute (OSI), CEDAR Network,[14] Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD),[15] the Search for Common Ground think tank, and Institut des Cultures d’Islam (ICI).[16] She is a consultant to the British Council, advising on projects like ‘Our Shared Europe’. She is a board member of the Franco-British Council.[17]

In February 2011 Ramdani filed exclusive reports from inside Gaddafi’s Libya.[18] In July 2011 she exposed secret meetings between former British prime minister Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.[19] In February 2012 she uncovered compelling evidence of Syria’s ruling regime targeting journalists.[20] In May 2012 Ramdani filed reports about Egypt’s first free elections for centuries.[21][22] In June 2012 she produced one of the first verified reports highlighting the human face of the Houla Massacre in Syria.[23]

On 18 January 2012, when questioned on the BBC programme Newsnight, Ramdani said the British government had "completely ignored the United Nations’ resolution 1973" which "resulted in Libyans dying on a daily basis".[24]

In a piece published in The Guardian in July 2012,[25] she argued that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French minister for women's rights, had disappointed fellow Muslims by her failure to not "introduce realistic measures that would appease citizens from a similar background: from the building of mosques to simple reforms, such as women-only swimming sessions in public pools".

In August 2013, an opinion piece in The Observer by Ramdani correctly stated that US-sourced white phosphorus shells "were used by Israeli forces against Palestinians in Gaza in 2008, which human rights groups say is a breach of Protocol III of the 1980 UN convention on conventional weapons, which prohibits the use of white phosphorus against civilians".[26]

On 10 January 2015, following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France, Ramdani said on BBC's Dateline London "What has happened is devastating. It’s an evil massacre. There are no ifs or buts.” In a wider discussion on media regulation, Ramdani said: "You can’t print hateful, vindictive cartoons and think they will have no consequence." [27]



  1. ^ "Student News". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Transports : Des wagons rservs aux femmes? - L'EXPRESS". L' Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Nabila Ramdani. "Nabila Ramdani". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nabila Ramdani - London Evening Standard". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nabila Ramdani". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nabila Ramdani: François Hollande will strike fear into the hearts of the rich". The Independent. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nabila Ramdani: The riots will begin when he is elected". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Nabila Ramdani (12 January 2008). "'French Anne Frank's' book a hit". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "nabila ramdani - Search Results - Daily Mail Online". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived April 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ [2] Archived January 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ [3] Archived November 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Jacques Myard: Burqa ban French MP says Britain is losing its battle against Islamic extremists - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Home : Institute for Strategic Dialogue". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "ゴルファーのマナー違反が目立つゴルフ場". Retrieved 13 January 2015. [not in citation given]
  17. ^ "FBC Defence · Franco-British Council". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Gaddafi flees: State buildings ablaze, dictator to make last stand in desert". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Blair in secret talks with Gaddafi: Lockerbie families' fury as ex-Premier is treated like a 'brother' by dictator just days after denying links with Libya". Mail Online. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  20. ^ [4][dead link]
  21. ^ "Syria: Father finds his wife and five children among the victims of the Houla atrocity - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "‘A beautiful feeling’ as 50 million Egyptians vote in era of democracy". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Syria: Father finds his wife and five children among the victims of the Houla atrocity - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  24. ^ Nabila Ramdani (2012-01-21), Nabila Ramdani - BBC Newsnight - British Special Forces in Libya - 18 January 2012, retrieved 2016-03-05 
  25. ^ Ramdani, Nabila (2012-07-16). "The French minister for women has let down Muslim voters". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  26. ^ "Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria". The Guardian. 2013-08-31. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  27. ^ Nabila Ramdani (2015-01-13), Nabila Ramdani - BBC Dateline London : Charlie Hebdo outrage - 10 January 2015, retrieved 2016-03-05 
  28. ^ [5] Archived January 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ "The Forum of Young Global Leaders". The Forum of Young Global Leaders - World Economic Forum. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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