Henry Porter

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Full name: Henry Porter

Area of interest: Politics

Journals/Organisation: The Observer | Vanity Fair

Email: porter@bluehome.demon.co.uk

Personal website: http://www.henry-porter.com

Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/henryporter

Blog: Henry Porter & Afua Hirch - Liberty Central


Networks: https://twitter.com/#!/HPonLiberty


About: http://www.henry-porter.com/Bio | http://www.vanityfair.com/contributors/henry-porter

Education: Wellington School; University of Manchester: art history

Career: The Sunday Times: reporter, interviewer, editor of the "Atticus" column (1982/1985); Illustrated London News: editor in chief 1987/1989; The Sunday Correspondent magazine: editor in chief; The Independent on Sunday: two years as executive editor; joined Vanity Fair as London editor, 1992-

Current position/role: Vanity Fair magazine: London editor; The Observer: Columnist

  • also writes/has written for: Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph

Other roles/Main role: Author

Other activities: Co-founder of The Convention on Modern Liberty with Anthony Barnett



Broadcast media:

  • Channel 4 documentary: Suspect Nation on the issue of the paring down of civil liberties, November 2006 (view the TV trailer)


Controversy/Criticism: Britain's liberties: The great debate 'Over the past few months Henry Porter has written a series of articles in The Observer criticising what he sees as a sustained government assault on fundamental freedoms. He attacked a range of measures, including legislation on identity cards, new police powers and anti-terror laws. Porter's critique has generated a huge response from the public - and now from the Prime Minister. Here, in this extraordinary email exchange, Tony Blair rejects the criticism - and announces plans to go further' - The Observer, April 23, 2006

Awards/Honours: Won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award for best thriller with Brandenburg, a story set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Other: Married to Liz Elliot, features editor of House & Garden

Books & Debate:

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Latest work: The bell ringers, Orion, August 2009

Speaking/Appearances: http://www.henry-porter.com/upcoming-events

Current debate:Against the motion - Are free markets a necessary and sufficient condition for free minds, or do they leave us prey to over-powerful corporations? - Centre for Policy Studies debate on Rupert Murdoch's Inaugural Margaret Thatcher Lecture October 2010

The Observer:

Column name:

Remit/Info: Politics

Section: Comment

Role: Columnist



Website: Guardian.co / Henry Porter

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Day published: Sunday


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News & updates:

  • What price liberty? - Saturday's debate in Cornwall proved two things: senior police are intelligent people, and the public embraces open debate - Liberty Central Blog, The Guardian, 26th January 2010