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Friday, October 9 • 16:00 - 17:00
TV Investigations in the Arab World

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Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the region’s leading media support organization promoting “accountability journalism” among a new generation of journalists, media professors and students, has over the past year produced edge-cutting TV investigations. One has been aired on Al Jazeera English documenting continued abuse inside Tunisian jails four years after the revolution toppled the dictatorship of Zine El Abdine Ben Ali. Another is being readied for BBC Arabic. And the rest have been aired on leading Arab broadcasters. In this session, a group of ARIJEANS take you on a journey through their compelling investigations, share  tools of the trade, discuss cultivation of sources and dangers of going under-cover to document abuses in a region where media repression and muzzling of free speech continues unabated.

“Behind the Doors of Silence” award-winning independent Egyptian  journalist Ahmed El Shamy documents cases of incest inside Egyptian families, a taboo, and shows how lack of societal, legal and psychological support is scarring the lives of voiceless victims.
“Autistic Guinea Pigs”: Jordan’s award-winning investigative Journalist Musab Shawabkeh documents how five medical centers are offering unlicensed and unapproved Oxygen therapy treatment to help autistic children. The expensive treatment has emptied the pockets of families desperate to help their autistic children with no tangible results. In some cases, the situation of patients has only worsened.

“Back to the days of Diesel Horse Carriages”:  Award-winning journalist Riad Kobaissi, head of the investigative unit at Lebanon’s privately-owned AlJadeed TV, documents how owners of diesel trucks install special gadgets to manipulate the quantities of fuel oil supplied to customers, including state-run hospitals. The wide-spread cheating takes place while the state turns a blind eye against diesel distributors. He confronts on camera the wrongdoers setting precedents for this genre of reporting in the region.

“Egypt’s Environmental Crime”  Journalist Ahmed Soliman Nawar, senior ARIJ multimedia editor, documents how primitive charcoal industries  are harming the health of residents of Ahgour -- once a famous hub for exporting roses -- and endangering the environment in the absence of state measures to relocate this thriving  industry amid official procrastination.

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Rana Sabbagh

Founder | Executive Director | Journalist, ARIJ
Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in t... Read More →

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Ahmed Soliman Nawar

Multimedia Senior Editor, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
Ahmed Soliman Nawar is an Egyptian investigative TV reporter, who produced many television ‎investigative films and worked as the producer of Yosri Fouda’s famous ‎program "The Last Word,” Soliman joined ARIJ in 2015 as Senior Editor ‎Multimedia . He had ARIJ IJ Basics training... Read More →
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Ahmed El Shamy

Senior Investigative Journalist, BBC
Ahmed ElShamy is an Award-Winning senior investigative journalist at BBC London. Ahmed was working with IMS, the Guardian Foundation and ARIJ, as an investigative journalism supervisor and trainer on a long-term project "Syria in Depth". He was head of the investigative journalism... Read More →
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Musab Shawabkeh

Investigative Reporter, Radio Al-Balad
Musab Shawabkeh (Jordan) is an award-winning investigative journalist who has been heading the investigations department at Radio Al-Balad since 2013. He has produced edge-cutting investigations in print, radio and video form, tackling sensitive issues such as profiteering medical... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
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