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Thursday, October 8 • 09:30 - 10:30
Keynote: Investigative Journalism Under Attack

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Reporting in many countries is getting more dangerous than ever. 

Journalists are increasingly harassed and arrested and independent media closed.

Even family members of reporters are being arrested, for instance in Azerbaijan and Central Asia.

In this panel, five courageous investigative reporters from four continents talk about their harrowing experiences with prosecutions, dirty tricks, and violent attacks. But more than that, they will show that intimidation does not work. All still continue to tell the stories that need to be told. From Mexico to Pakistan, Angola to Malaysia, reporters refuse to be silenced, despite facing kidnappings, death threats, beatings, imprisonment, and harassment. They will talk about their strategies for fighting back -- legally, politically, and journalistically.

And they will underline the importance of international collaboration, as in the case of Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. Detained in December 2014, Khadija was sentenced to more than seven years in prison this September, but her international colleagues at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have continued her work.

This panel will unequivocally state that journalism is not a crime!

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Margo Smit

Ombudsman, Onderzoeksjournalist, NOS, Margo Smit Journalistiek
Margo Smit has been the Director of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists until September 2015. Now she is working as ombudsman at the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (NOS) and as an independent investigative journalist. Smit is author of several publications about freedom of information, investigative journalism and cross border investigations. She is also a frequent speaker and moderator on international conferences... Read More →

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Clare Rewcastle Brown

Editor, Sarawak Report
Clare Rewcastle Brown is a former UK television reporter and investigative journalist who started up Sarawak Report primarily to explore the issues driving the deforestation of the Borneo Rainforest. She also runs Radio Free Sarawak, an independent daily broadcast aimed at serving the indigenous people of the region and to give them a platform on these issues which have affected their lives.Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak were founded... Read More →
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Umar Cheema

Investigative reporter, The News
Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter for Pakistan's English language daily, The News International. In 2008, he won a was a Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship, and was the first Pearl fellow to work for The New York Times. Cheema studied at the London School of Economics under a Chevening Scholarship and obtained a master degree in Comparative Politics. | | Twitter: @UmarCheema1 
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Rafael Marques de Morais

Editor, Maka Angola
Rafael Marques de Morais is the editor of Maka Angola. Hes an investigative journalist and anti-corruption activist from Angola. Educated at Oxford he began his career in journalism in the state-owned newspaper “Jornal de Angola” but was soon fired for his articles critical of president Jose Eduardo dos Santos. In 1999 his articles also landed him in jail for the first time. He has since gone on doing work on human rights abuses... Read More →
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Drew Sullivan

Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He is the recipient of the European Press Prize, the Daniel Pearl Award... Read More →
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Marcela Turati

Journalist, Periodistas de a Pie
Marcela Turati is a Mexican journalist who reports about human rights and the impact of drug violence and its victims. She is co-founder of the network Periodistas de a Pie (Journalists on Foot), dedicated to training journalists to improve the quality of their journalism and to defend freedom of expression. In 2013, she received the Louis Lyons Award for conscience and integrity in journalism, granted by the Nieman Foundation... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

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