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Saturday, November 18 • 14:00 - 15:15
Bulletproofing Your Story

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Investigative journalists face an array of legal threats just for doing their jobs. Onerous criminal libel laws, insult laws, dubious charges of violating privacy, national security, and secrecy laws are just a few of the ways that individuals, companies, and governments try to shut down our work. Fortunately, there is a growing body of international law protecting journalists' rights to dig for information and report the truth. We're pleased to present this panel of top media legal experts with the long-time head of Swedish Broadcasting’s premier investigative program. They’ll offer wise advice on how to stay out of court -- and what to do when you're sued. 

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Alexander Papachristou

Executive Director, Vance Center
Alexander Papachristou joined the Vance Center as Executive Director in January 2012. He directs the organization’s overall operations and focuses on its programmatic and institutional initiatives, as well as fundraising. He provides legal advice to both international and local... Read More →

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Ayse Bingol

Legal Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Ayse Bingol Demir is a lawyer specialized in international human rights law and domestic law and procedures in Turkey. She is a graduate of Istanbul University Law Faculty and Queen Mary University of London where she obtained a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law. Ayse practiced in... Read More →
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Lucy Freeman

CEO, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Lucy Freeman is MLDI's Chief Executive Officer. She joined MLDI from Amnesty International, where she worked for 8 years as Director of Gender, Sexuality and Identity, Director of Growth, Deputy Director in the Africa Programme and Researcher on Nigeria. During this time she led and... Read More →
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Nils Hanson

Nils Hanson is a freelancing investigative editor and reporter. For 14 years, until 2018, Nils was an executive producer for Mission Investigate, Swedish Television (SVT). He has over 30 years of experience and has covered around 500 investigations. During the last two years of his... Read More →
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Doreen Weisenhaus

Director, Media Law and Policy Initiative, and Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University
In September 2017, Doreen Weisenhaus joined Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the Pritzker School of Law to launch the Media Law and Policy Initiative and to teach. Prior to joining Northwestern, she taught media law and ethics... Read More →

Saturday November 18, 2017 14:00 - 15:15 PST
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 3 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,