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Friday, October 9 • 10:30 - 11:30
Working with Whistleblowers

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Whistle Blowers are becoming increasingly important sources for investigative journalists. But protection by journalists and esteem in society for whistleblowers do not reflect that importance. Journalists often thrive and build a reputation based on material coming from whistleblowers. But in many cases whistleblowers, when identified, lead miserable lives after they have performed their duty for society. Loss of job opportunities, endless litigation, financial depravation, depression and disrupted family life, leading to isolation or even divorce. These are common "rewards" for whistleblowers.

The relationship between journalist and whistleblower is a sensitive one. Journalists need to be professional and skeptical with whistleblowers, yet many whistleblowers come away unhappy in their dealings with the media.

What is the realm of responsibility that journalists have for source protection? Throughout the world, anonymous whistle-blowing platforms are being established to better protect the whistleblower. Does this help to facilitate better cooperation between journalist and whistleblower? How can we improve the fate of whistleblowers? Those are some of the questions this panel will address.

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Leon Willems

Sr. Advisor International Partnerships, Free Press Unlimited
Leon Willems, Netherlands, is the Director of Free Press Unlimited, a leading press freedom organisation active in more than 30 countries and focusing on conflict reporting, safety for journalists, investigative journalism, gender and youth and media. He is also member of the Steering... Read More →

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Daniel Lizárraga

Investigations Coordinator, Aristegui Noticias
Investigations coordinator of Aristegui Noticias in Mexico. Former deputy director of the Animal Politico portal. He has worked for the daily El Universal and Reforma and Proceso magazine. Author of the book La Corrupción Azul (Blue Corruption). Since 2005 he has taught workshops... Read More →
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Yasmine Motarjemi

Human rights and public health advocate
Yasmine Motarjemi is a human rights and public health advocate. From 2000 to 2010, she held the position of Assistant Vice President in Nestlé and worked as the Corporate Food Safety Manager. In this capacity, she, among others, developed the Nestlé Food Safety Management system... Read More →
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Anna Myers

Director, Whistleblowing International Network
Anna Myers is Director of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN). Founded by the world’s leading whistleblower protection experts, WIN connects and strengthens civil society organizations that defend and support whistleblowers. Anna is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 10:30 - 11:30 CEST
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