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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. 

Moderators
avatar for Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee

Editor-at-large, Huffington Post SA
Ferial Haffajee is editor-at-large of Huffington Post South Africa.  She is also editor-in-chief of a Pan-African investigative journalism portal called the African National Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).   Previously, Ferial edited two leading South African titles: the... Read More →

Speakers
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Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Roman Anin is a Russian journalist who started his career in 2006 when he became a reporter of the Moscow paper 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 paper. Today he is a special reporter of investigative section, specialised on economical and financial investigations. Moreover, Roman takes also part in cross-border investigations with... 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 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer that ran eight years. Her body of work across various platforms has earned both local and international acclaim. In 2014, she won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for exceptional journalism in dangerous conditions for her coverage of the Zamboanga hostage crisis and the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan. Her work covering the killings during Rodrigo... 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... Read More →
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David Cay Johnston

Editor in Chief, DCReport.org
David J. Johnston has been an outstanding American investigative reporter for more than 50 years. He is a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner, a former president of the IRE Board of Director, and a best-selling author. He specializes in economics, regulatory and tax issues. His book "The... 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
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Attendees (423)