Turi Munthe

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Turi Munthe
Rome, Italy
NationalityBritish, French
Occupation(s)Journalist, Entrepreneur

Turi Munthe FRSA (born 1976) is an Anglo-French journalist and entrepreneur.[1] He is the founder of Demotix, which became the largest network of photojournalists in the world,[2] as well as Parlia, an encyclopaedia of opinion.[3]


Munthe studied Arabic and History at Oxford, Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and dropped out of a PhD at NYU in Anthropology of Religion[4] to start a (failed) biofuels business in Ghana.[5]


Munthe began his career with IBTauris, while writing for the British and US press on Middle East politics.[6][7] He published The Saddam Hussein Reader,[8] before covering the 2nd Gulf War as a freelance journalist.[9] He then launched The Beirut Review, a cultural magazine published with the Daily Star under Rami Khouri,[10] before returning to London as Head of the Middle East Programme at the Royal United Services Institute.[11]

In late 2007, he founded Demotix with Jonathan Tepper.[12] Demotix built a network of 75,000 contributors around the world and exited to Corbis Corporation in 2012.[13] Munthe joined Marcus Brauchli and Sasa Vucinic’s North Base Media as a Venture Partner in 2015,[14][citation needed] before founding Parlia in 2019.[citation needed] In 2015, he co-curated the Global Art Forum[15] with Sultan al-Qassemi and Shumon Basar.[16]

Munthe has lectured on new media all over the world, and has made regular news appearances.[17][18] He sits on the boards of openDemocracy, The New Humanitarian[19] and The Signals Network,[20] and has been a trustee of Index on Censorship and The Bureau for Investigative Journalism.[21] He sits on the board of GEDI Gruppo Editoriale, the largest newspaper conglomerate in Italy.[22]


  1. ^ "Turi Munthe". Alain Elkann Interviews. 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  2. ^ "Demotix Hits A Million Images, Proving The Crowd-Sourced Picture Agency Can Work". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  3. ^ "Parli: building an encyclopaedia of opinion by Turi Munthe". Oxford Internet Institute. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  4. ^ Axline, Keith (2010-03-14). "Demotix Hooks DIY Journos Into Mainstream". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  5. ^ Whelan, Carolyn (September 17, 2007). "BP's answer to food-based ethanol". money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  6. ^ "Turi Munthe". The Nation. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  7. ^ "Turi Munthe". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  8. ^ Turi Munthe (ed.). The Saddam Hussein Reader.
  9. ^ "Will harsh weed-out allow Iraqi academia to flower?". Times Higher Education (THE). 2003-07-25. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  10. ^ Glazov, Jamie. "Symposium—Iraq: A Report Card". Retrieved 2020-01-24 – via St. Croix Review.
  11. ^ "Terrorism in the UK". RUSI. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  12. ^ "Turi Munthe Founder of Demotix". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  13. ^ "Exit Q&A — Demotix Founder Turi Munthe Gives His Advice On How To Build A Startup". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  14. ^ "Turi Munthe". North Base Media. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  15. ^ "Global Art Forum 9". Ibraaz. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  16. ^ "Kate Sutton at the 9th Global Art Forum". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  17. ^ Stefani, Matthieu (2018-08-28). "#44 Turi Munthe - du fin fond de l'Irak jusqu'aux fonds d'investissements". Génération Do It Yourself (in French). Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  18. ^ "Between The Lines Fest | Speakers". www.betweenthelinesfest.org. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  19. ^ "About Us". The New Humanitarian. 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  20. ^ "Board of Advisors – The Signals Network". Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  21. ^ "Turi Munthe". Salzburg Global Seminar. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  22. ^ "GEDI Governance". GEDI Spa. Retrieved 2022-05-01.