Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

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Thursday Night Tapas Trail

Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 17th February, 2017

When the 2008 financial crisis hit the Canarian town of Arinaga many people were finding it hard to make ends meet and the restaurants were largely deserted. But then someone had a brilliant idea: to persuade most of the restaurants to offer one tapas and a small glass of beer or wine for €2 every Thursday evening. People were thus able to go out once a week on a tapas trail, typically to five establishments, so getting enough varied food and drink, all for €10 each. The trend caught on, which meant that the place was buzzing again, at least on Thursdays. And it continues to this day. As Arinaga is modest in size most residents know each other and therefore the weekly event is a brilliant way of socialising, as groups form and move from place to place. Last night, sticking to red wine throughout, I had Russian salad, a shrimp cone in lobster bisque, a fish slice, spiced beef in pastry and a desert. An inspiring model for other communities to follow!

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Stand up for Press Freedom!

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 14th December, 2014

imageEarlier this week, I was asked by the Turkish newspaper Daily Zaman for a comment on credible rumours that a host of media professionals in Turkey were about to be arrested. Alas, this prediction has proved to be true and several high-profile journalists and broadcasters have been taken into custody, notably people connected with media linked to the Gulen Movement. This is a disturbing development and gives Turkey the dubious distinction of once more being the country with the most journalists in jail. It is sad (to say the least) that President Erdoğan and the AKP government think it is worthwhile joining the company of Egypt and other repressive regimes in trying to stifle dissent. They just don’t seem to understand that a free media is part and parcel of a healthy democracy and that free expression is a fundamental human right — even if they have signed up to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. So standing up for press freedom is standing up for our own freedom as human beings. Accordingly, just as I have been campaigning for the release of Peter Greste and other Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned on trumped-up charges in Egypt so I shall campaign for the release of those media figures being held in Turkey. I have long considered myself a friend of Turkey and it saddens me beyond words that it is moving backwards on press freedom and in several other ways.

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