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Saturday, November 18 • 09:00 - 10:15
Environmental Crime & Wildlife Smuggling

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Environmental crime and wildlife smuggling are among the most profitable
criminal activities in the world. They pose a growing danger to the
survival of certain species. These speakers have chased down reptile
smugglers, rhino- and elephant poachers and dealers in illegal rosewood.
Their investigations often take months, sometimes years, and brings them
to different countries and continents. They use old-school methods, like
undercover journalism, and inventive ways to catch their prey, the
smugglers and poachers: Bryan Christy for example designed fake elephant
tusks armed with satellite-based GPS. In this session they reveal how they
dig into the whole chain of environmental and wildlife crime.

Moderators
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Fiona Macleod

Editor, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism
The Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised crime syndicates in southern Africa. We are interested in related topics and contacts a... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryan Christy

Investigative Journalist / Writer, Bryan Christy
Bryan Christy is an award-winning author, journalist, and tv/film personality. He is author of The Lizard King: the true crimes and passions of the world’s greatest reptile smugglers (TWELVE) (Tomorrow Studios). His non-fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature... Read More →
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John Grobler

Freelance journalist, The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism & the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
John Grobler is a veteran investigative reporter, based in Windhoek, Namibia from where he keeps an eye on the political nexus between natural resource exploitation and organised crime in his own country as well as neighbouring Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, although his work has also taken him to West and East Africa in the past. His most recent investigations have covered the importing of Bulgarian arsenic toxic waste into Namibia, the secretive forces behind the reconstruction of the Caminho de Ferro de Benguela railway line in Angola and an ongoing investigation of organised crime in the poaching of... Read More →
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Estacio Valoi

Investigative Journalist, Freelancer Investigative Journalist (Moz IJC, Oxpeckers,AIPC )
Estacio Valoi is a Mozambican Investigative Journalist from print media, broadcast, photographer and TV documentary based in Mozambique. Although he has covered reportage, features and investigations around environmental, political, economic and social issues, his current focus i... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 09:00 - 10:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 4 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

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