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Friday, November 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Investigating Health -- Digging into Local Problems

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We all hope we can trusts our health care practitioners, the doctors and hospitals we rely on and the safety of the medicine that is available in our countries. We hope they follow the rules and regulations. But it does go wrong. And it often continues if not exposed. In this session three journalists that decided to dig deeper after hearing patients complain about wrong-doings. Were these incidents or more systematic? In Norway a young woman petitioned the court to release her from a psychiatric hospital so she could take her own life. She had spent the majority of the last two years tied down in a bed at a psychiatric hospital in Oslo. Journalists wondered how unique her story was: How often are patients being tied down and for how long? From Nigeria we have a harrowing story on a deadly maternity ward at a Nigerian hospital. The journalist wanted to know why there was a rise in cases of maternal deaths. These journalists will also talk about the impact of their work.

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Margaret Renn

Journalist, Self-employed
Margaret Renn has worked as a journalist for over 40 years, in print, television and radio. She worked at the Daily Mirror with the investigative journalist Paul Foot, and then at the BBC on its flagship Rough Justice programme, investigating miscarriages of justice. She also produced and directed the TV series Trial by Jury. Her radio credits include | investigations into the Lockerbie bombing, corruption, human trafficking and the sale of body parts... Read More →

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Synnove Asebo

Journalist, VG
Synnøve Åsebø is a reporter at the daily newspaper VG in Oslo, Norway. She has won several awards for her investigations. She is also a board member of SKUP in Norway.
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Isabelle Ducret

Journalist, Swiss Television RTS
Isabelle Ducret is an investigative journalist working for the current affairs program Temps Present on RTS, the Swiss public Television. She is a multi-topics investigator but her specialties are storiesinvolving multinational companies or health and social issues. For example, she worked on thesecurity issues of the da Vinci robot used in surgery, on social media bullying, on elder abuses ininstitutions or on the scandal of the Jasmin contraceptive pill. She exposed the development of thepedophile tourism by following two Swiss cases in Thailand and Madagascar or the business of Swisscompanies selling dirty oil to African countries, for example Ghana. In 2014, she won theinvestigation price of the FIGRA (International Current Affairs and Social Documentary Film Festival) with... Read More →
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Mona Norman

Journalist, VG
Staff reporter for Norwegian newspaper VG since 2007. Working in the News, Politics and Editorial departments. VG’s correspondent in Germany 2014-2016. Currently a part of VG’s group of investigative reporters. Together with Synnove Asebo winner of NONA-award for Digital investig... Read More →
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Rosemary Nwaebuni

Features Editor, Delta Printing and Publishing Company Ltd,
Rosemary Nwaebuni is an investigative journalist with The Pointer Newspaper in Nigeria. She is driven by a passion to expose societal ills and bring perpetrators to justice.  She has worked with Insight TWI/Africa Investigates to expose the activities of Nigeria's fake doctors an... Read More →

Friday November 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 1 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

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