Friday, November 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Investigating LGBTQ Issues

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The assertion of rights by LGBTQ communities around the world, combined with a backlash and continued discrimination against them, has brought issues affecting those communities front and center in many societies. The areas for journalistic inquiry are as broad as are the communities themselves, ranging from shifting demographics and health care to hate crimes and discrimination. 

Among the most pressing issues are human rights abuses. Members of LGBTQ communities often fall victim to discrimination and persecution. In many countries it is still illegal to be gay. In others they don’t have the same rights or there are social taboos. In South Africa, for example, they are protected from discrimination in the constitution and people of the same sex can marry, but many live in fear. Murders and so-called “corrective rapes” have targeted the communities. 

Our speakers will look at the methodology of investigating hate crimes, the exposure of a brutal anti-gay purge in Chechnya, source development and protection, and the use of data journalism techniques on LGBTQ issues.

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Brian Pellot

Founding Director, Taboom Media
Brian Pellot is Taboom Media’s co-founding director. He speaks regularly about LGBTQI+ rights and religion at media and human rights conferences around the world. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he occasionally freelances for international news and media outlets... Read More →

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Brant Houston

Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting and Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches and works on projects and research involving the use of data analysis in journalism. He is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Institute for Nonprofit... Read More →
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Jabulani (Jabu) Pereira

Director, Iranti (South Africa)
Jabulani (Jabu) Pereira (he/him) is the Executive Director of Iranti. Iranti is based in Johannesburg and works in the region on Trans, Intersex and Lesbian rights. Jabu has worked in the human rights sector for the past 27 years. Jabu previously served as a board member to Pan... Read More →
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Selly Thiam

Founder/Executive Producer, None On Record
Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in the New York Times.  She was a producer for the Storycorps Oral History Project, PBS’ Learning Matters and a Carnegie Fellow at the ABC News Investigative Unit. She is the founder and... Read More →

Friday November 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:15 PST
Wits Science Stadium - 2nd Floor, Room 207 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,