JC reporter shortlisted for journalism award

Felix Pope was selected for his work covering Iranian influence in Britain and the rise of the far right


JC senior reporter Felix Pope has been shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year

The JC’s senior reporter has been shortlisted for the Young Journalist of the Year prize at the British Press Awards.

Felix Pope was selected amongst six other candidates for his work covering Iranian influence in Britain, the rise of far right antisemitism and a profile of a German former neo-Nazi who converted to Judaism.

In one story, he and JC Investigations Editor David Rose exposed a network of Iranian influence in the UK that saw academics on British campuses helping the Islamic regime develop technology that could be used in its drone and fighter jet programmes.

After David Davis MP raised the investigation at Prime Minister’s Questions, Rishi Sunak announced a government inquiry into its findings.

In another investigation, Pope revealed that a residential camp for British veterans suffering from PTSD was also a major organising centre of the far-right attended by former soldiers who have shared antisemitic propaganda and threatened armed violence.

Simon Fell MP, who sits on the home affairs select committee, subsequently demanded that the police and Home Office "scrutinise this camp very carefully".

Pope, who joined the JC in 2021, also travelled to Kyiv as Russian troops gathered on Ukraine’s borders to interview Jewish leaders about their preparations for war, and has since reported on the impact of the conflict on eastern European Jewry.

In Poland, he interviewed Yonatan Langer, a former fascist who has since undergone a full Orthodox conversion, made aliyah and rejected hatred. 

Pope said: “I am very honoured to have been shortlisted among such talented young reporters. Thank you to my editors at the JC for providing me with the support and training to expose threats to the Jewish community from Islamist extremism, IRGC activity, and the British far right.”

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