Samira Shackle

Freelance journalist, UK

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Samira Shackle is a freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, both in the UK and overseas. Her foreign reporting has a particular focus on Pakistan. She writes regularly for The Guardian, the New Statesman and Deutsche Welle, and her work has also appeared in The Times, Prospect, The Independent, Al-Jazeera and Politico, among others.

In 2017, she was a media fellow with Columbia University’s center for the study of social difference, reporting from three Middle Eastern countries on religion and gender-based violence. In 2016, she was shortlisted in the Foreign Correspondent category of the Words By Women Awards and longlisted in the New Voices category at the One World Media Awards. In 2015, she was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper to research the rise of ISIS in Pakistan; and in 2014, she was selected as one of MHP’s top 30 journalists under 30.

Prior to going freelance in 2012, Samira was a staff writer at the New Statesman magazine for just four under years, where she covered UK politics and social affairs. In addition to foreign reporting, she has written extensively on minority communities in the UK – particularly focusing on Muslim communities, education, and counter-terrorism policy.


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