Thursday, November 16 • 09:30 - 10:45
Plenary: Investigating the New Autocrats

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Journalism in general, and investigative journalism in particuar, is fighting back against a global backlash of autocrats, oligarchs, and unaccountable power. Even in countries where we thought we were secure -- in Europe, the United States -- the media finds it is under assault in ways not seen for generations. What is at risk is extraordinary: the future of democracy, rule of law, transparency and human rights, to name a few. 

We have asked prominent journalists from six front-line countries in this battle to talk about how they are dealing with the new environment -- India, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the U.S., and Venezuela. What strategies are they using to keep fighting the good fight, where are they being successful, and where do they most need help? Despite the weighty challenges we face, we think you will find much to be inspired by here. 

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Ferial Haffajee

Associate Editor, Daily Maverick
Ferial Haffajee is a South African editor and journalist. She is currently associate editor at the Daily Maverick.Previously, Ferial was editor-in-chief at the Mail&Guardian and City Press, where teams working with her won numerous investigative journalism awards. She is a regular... Read More →

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Roman Anin

Founder and Editor-in-chief, iStories Media
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
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Patricia Evangelista

Multimedia Manager, Rappler
Patricia Evangelista, 32, is a multimedia journalist who covers disaster, conflict, human rights and development issues. Before joining online news agency Rappler, she co-created and produced the New York Festivals winning television narrative series Storyline and wrote an opinion... Read More →
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Thanduxolo Jika

Senior Investigative Journalist, Sunday Times
Thanduxolo Jika is a multi-award winning senior investigation journalist with the Sunday Times. He has won top investigations awards including CNN African Journalist of the Year and the Taco Kuiper for his work in the Marikana massacre and the State Capture respectively. He has... Read More →
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David Cay Johnston

Investigative Journalist & Author, Syracuse U College of Law
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump,  It’s Even Worse Than You Think and two other best sellers. He has lectured on economics, journalism, and tax policy on every continent except Antarctica... Read More →
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Ritu Sarin

Executive Editor (News and Investigations), Indian Express
Been in the news business for over three decades; handling investigations for The Indian Express for two decades; ICIJ member for over a decade. Awarded Ramnath Goenka and Prem Bhatia awards. Specializations: strategic affairs, corruption and money laundering/black money. Handled... Read More →
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Ewald Scharfenberg

Co-Director, Armando.info
I work as correspondent in Venezuela for a spanish newspaper, El País from Madrid. Since 2014 I participate as member of the jury in the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award, anually organized by Transparency International and Ipys.

Thursday November 16, 2017 09:30 - 10:45 PST
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa