New publication (German/Afghanistan)

Dear readers,

in the current ZENITH Magazine you can find my reportage on young Afghans who got deported from Germany back to Kabul/Afghanistan. Together with the photographer Johanna-Maria Fritz we followed them for several days after their arrival. Additionally we interviewed numerous organisations in Germany as well as in Afghanistan to counter the German state narrative that Afghanistan would have “safe zones” for deportations.

The reportage will be published online too (in German and, later on, English), so check out the ZENITH webpage often.

New Berlin underground literature Magazine

It is currently a bit “silent” on my blog due to high work load. This will hopefully change soon!

You want to read poems I`ve written? Or view photos I have taken for my personal project “Memories of my home”? Than check out this new underground magazine from Berlin and buy it now!

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Photo from my series “Memories of my home” © Benjamin Hiller

“”The Bleeding Heart Nihilist” is a new nonperiodical, independent literary magazine based in Berlin, Germany. It is not aimed at any specific target readership, trying to be accessible to all kinds of people, explicitly including those who normally would never touch a collection of modern (or any kind of) poetry. It is a bi-lingual publication embracing the growing international community of our cities, trying to balance English and German content about equally.

It was created to breathe some fresh air into the modern mainstream book market, supporting original newcomers who want to be part of an alternative, uncommercial literary scene outside of online blogs and poetry slams – nothing more, nothing less. Simply a for us, by us kind of deal, the old-school way. The goal is neither publishing ivory tower art for fart-sniffing academics, nor pushing trivial entertainment trash either. The contributors, featuring a revolving cast of free authors, are not defined by style or genre, but through being opinionated and subversive, with a special focus on unconventional lifestyles and radical world views, speaking straight from the eponymous bleeding heart now, and worrying about who might listen later.

The first issue, published in May 2017, presents (for the most part exclusive) poetry and stories by Clint Lukas, Gaston Latz, Karl Cointreau and myself. Buy it HERE (shipping worldwide)

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Civil society, hacking and the danger of tainted leaks

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Do you know David Satter? He is a high profile journalist from the US who extensively covered the Soviet Union, Russia and the corruption around Putin and his cronies. As Citizen Lab recently reported in a new report he is the so called “Patient Zero” in a phishing, hacking and disinformation campaign spanning the globe and targeting politicians, companies and especially the civil society, including journalists. All the information gathered here as well as the explanatory graphics are curtsey the Citizen Lab, and they deserve the highest praise for such an in-depth report at this critical time.

I decided to summarize the report here on my blog and give some advice at the end of the post in regard to the importance of cyber security in our days and how we, especially journalists, can protect themselves more effectively. Continue reading

Survival during conflicts

Dear readers,

this time I have something “different” for you. Some close and good friends have built up the amazing organisation called Humanitarian Bazaar – and one of their goals is to help civilians in conflict zones to survive the war. Thus I ask you – if you have some spare coin – to support this project and donate to it! Here is the introduction video on the project:

Thanks in advance to every reader who will support this important and great project!

Big changes are coming

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The “best” of all worlds: MacOS, Linux Parrot and Windows

Towards the end of June 2017 I will start to study again, this time for two years – the end goal is to become a IT specialist for system integration with a special focus on cyber security. Yes, this is a big change but no worries, I won`t quit journalism. But why this decision?

A) After working as a freelance Journalist since 2008 and often barely keeping my income above the poverty line I have had enough: Enough of the shitty payment; enough of late payments and rip-offs; enough of getting almost no appreciation by editors and media companies while risking my own life. Especially as struggling financially did impact the quality of my journalism – and I do not want to compromise that quality anymore

B) Becoming a IT specialist for system integration helps me to get a steady and well paying income – and thus enables me to do proper journalism. Especially as I started to focus more and more on long form / investigative reportages which needs time and money. Additionally, technology and cyber security (see the really shitty reporting about the last wikileaks) is more important than ever – with this kind of job I can enhance also my understanding on these topics and thus write about IT, cyber security etc. additionally.

C) I can finally please my inner Nerd 😉

I will keep writing for my blog as well as newspapers in the future (though there will be some design changes at my webpage to better represent my portfolio) – mainly dissecting bad journalistic pieces and in-depth reporting on different conflict zones and social/political issues. So no worries, I won`t disappear from the journalistic field – I am just taking a “break” from longer travels and refocus my goals and future.

Yours sincerely,

Benjamin Hiller