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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.

Moderators
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Leon Willems

Director of Policies and Programmes, Free Press Unlimited.org
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 the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). In this role he is working towards enhancing the impact of media development, by creating... Read More →

Speakers
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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 on investigative journalism and access to information. Mexico National Journalism Prize 2015 and, recently, winner of Fundacion Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI... 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 and managed various emerging food safety issues and crises. In 2010 her contract with Nestlé was terminated following her internal reports of... Read More →
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Anna Myers

Executive Director, Government Accountability Project
Anna Myers is executive director of the Government Accountability Project, based in Washington, D.C. She is a lawyer with 14 years experience in the field of public interest whistleblowing and anti-corruption prevention in the UK, Europe and internationally. She also serves as coordinator of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN), a network founded by not-for-profit whistleblowing NGOs to share legal expertise and good practice... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

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