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Friday, November 17 • 15:45 - 17:00
Exposing Criminal Justice Wrongs

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What do you do if you’re sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime you did not commit? Last year, the US National Registry of Exonerations recorded an average of three exonerations a week of wrongfully convicted men and women who served sentences of life - or even death - behind bars. This session highlights how journalists can harness the power of the media to obtain justice when the criminal justice system fails – in cases involving wrongful convictions, shaken baby syndrome, solitary confinement and medical child-abuse. Two journalists responsible for exposing miscarriages of justice and human rights abuses discuss how they’ve helped right wrongs related to the US and South African criminal justice systems, along with a South African who spent eleven years behind bars for a murder he did not commit




Moderators
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Marina Iemini Atoji

Gerente ejecutiva/Executive manager, Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo
Gerente ejecutiva en Abraji (Asociación Brasileña de Periodismo de Investigación) desde Agosto de 2012. También actúa como entrenadora de periodistas en el uso de la Ley de Acceso a la Información Pública. Secretaria ejecutiva del Foro de Derecho de Acceso a la Informaci... Read More →

Speakers
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Alec Klein

Director Medill Justice Project, Professor of journalism Northwestern University, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Alec Klein is an award-winning investigative journalist, bestselling author and professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Klein is also the director of The Medill Justice Project (www.medilljusticeproject.org). For two decades, Klein worked as a newspaper reporter, including several years as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, until the summer of 2008 when he joined the Medill faculty as a professor. He previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun and the Virginian-Pilot. His investigations have led to significant reforms, congressional hearings, federal law, criminal convictions and more than half a billion dollars in government fines. Under... Read More →
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Thembekile Molaudzi

Wrongfully convicted exoneree who spent eleven years behind bars for a crime he did not commit
In July 2004, Pretoria taxi-driver Thembekile Molaudzi was sentenced to life-imprisonment by North-West Judge-President Monica Leeuw for the murder of a policeman. Though Molaudzi had protested his innocence from the moment of his arrest, his pleas fell on deaf ears. For eight long years, he was unable to appeal his case because of his inability to access his trial-transcripts... Read More →
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Carolyn Raphaely

Senior Journalist, Wits Justice Project
Carolyn Raphaely is a senior journalist with the Wits Justice Project. She spends her time investigating human rights abuses and miscarriages of justice related to SA’s criminal justice system and drawing attention to the mostly ignored plight of people behind bars. Over the past few years... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 15:45 - 17:00
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 1 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

Attendees (63)