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Thursday, October 8
 

09:30

Keynote: Investigative Journalism Under Attack
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!


Moderators
avatar for Margo Smit

Margo Smit

ombudsman, GIJN/ICIJ
Margo Smit is news ombudsman since August 1, 2015, overseeing the journalistic output of the Dutch public broadcasters at NPO since january 1, 2017.Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Clare Rewcastle Brown

Clare Rewcastle Brown

Investigative Journalist & Editor, Sarawak Report
Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and the founder and editor of the website Sarawak Report, which has come to prominence for challenging wide scale political corruption in Malaysia and the impacts on civil and indigenous rights as well as on the environment.Her investigations... Read More →
avatar for Umar Cheema

Umar Cheema

Speical Correspondent, 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... Read More →
avatar for Rafael Marques de Morais

Rafael Marques de Morais

Founder and Director, Maka Angola
IPI member Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. He was imprisoned for his work in 1999 for calling Angolan President Dos Santos a dictator in an article titled... Read More →
avatar for Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
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... Read More →
avatar for Marcela Turati

Marcela Turati

Journalist, Quinto Elemento Lab
Marcela Turati is a Mexican journalist who reports about human rights and the impact of drug violence and its victims and who is dedicated to . She is co-founder of Quinto Elemento Lab, dedicated to help journalists in their investigations and the network Periodistas de a Pie, dedicated... Read More →


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

11:00

How To Investigate a Bank
Here's the inside story of a collaborative investigation that exposed how the Swiss branch of one of the world’s biggest banks, HSBC, profited from doing business with tax dodgers and criminals around the world. Team members talk about how they reconstructed and mined the leaked financial data to find the patterns of wrongdoing that made headlines around the world and triggered official inquiries in several countries. Also: why the French journalists who obtained the files decided to share them with colleagues around the world rather than have their own scoop.

This session is made in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Moderators
avatar for Gerard Ryle

Gerard Ryle

Director, ICIJ
Gerard Ryle leads the ICIJ’s headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., as well as overseeing the consortium’s more than 190 member journalists in more than 65 countries. Before joining as the ICIJ’s first non-American director in September 2011, Ryle spent 26 years working as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
avatar for David Leigh

David Leigh

Guardian investigations editor 2000-2013, The Guardian
Guardian investigations editor 2000-2013 Professor of Reporting City University, London Trustee, Centre for Investigative Journalism, London Member, Intl Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Washington DC Co-author Guardian book on WIkileaks -new edition out October
avatar for Oliver Zihlmann

Oliver Zihlmann

Head of joint investigation team, Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung
Oliver Zihlmann, 43, Switzerland, is head oft the joint investigation team of Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung, two Sunday newspapers in the French and German parts of Switzerland. He focuses with his team on Dataprojects and Investigations on subjects like fiscal fraud, terrorism... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

12:30

Revealing Kremlin money

Stephen Grey (UK) and  Roman Anin (Russia) set up a multinational team at Reuters to discover the money trail from the taxpayer to Putin’s friends. By combining multiple strategies of data journalism and field research, combing through customs records, corporate archives and the full data-set of two entire Moscow banks, they uncovered billions of dollars of suspicious money flows. http://www.reuters.com/investigates/section/comrade-capitalism/ )


Moderators
avatar for Oleg Khomenok

Oleg Khomenok

Senior Media Advisor, Internews Network
Oleg Khomenok is a Global Investigative Journalism Network Board member, senior media advisor of Internews Network, and program manager of Strengthening of Investigative Reporting in Ukraine project (Slidstvo.info). He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, media education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Head of investigative section, Novaya Gazeta
Roman Anin is the head of investigative section of Moscow based Novaya Gazeta, one of the most famous Russian newspapers in the world. He began his career in 2006 as a sports writer, but in 2008 was moved to the newspaper’s investigative section. Since 2009 Anin has been working... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey

Reporter, Reuters
Stephen Grey is special correspondent on the global investigative team at Reuters. He has previously worked as a foreign correspondent and head of investigations at the Sunday Times in London, and has reported and made both films and broadcasts for the New York Times, Guardian, BBC... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30 - 13:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

12:30

The Migrants' Files

"The Migrants' Files" is a consortium of journalists from over 15 European countries. It is coordinated by Journalism++, and is focused on examing the human and financial cost of 15 years of "Fortress Europe." 

Two journalists share insights on this collaborative effort, looking specifically at: 

Counting the Dead: Over 30,000 refugees and migrants have died in their attempt to reach or stay in Europe since the year 2000. The investigation showed how European policies impacted the death rate.

The Money Trails: Refugees and migrants spend over €1 billion a year to reach Europe. Europeans pay a similar amount to keep them out. A few companies benefit handsomely in the process.

Questions and topics we would like to discuss during the panel:

* How to collect data to measure something never measured before?
* How to coordinate 16 media organizations working in 13 languages?
* What tools do you use to coordinate work and databases?
* How do you reconcile on-the-ground reporting with data-journalism?
* How do you manage sending dozens of FOI requests in different countries?

This project is supported in part by Journalismfund.eu.

Award-winning filmmaker Firas Fayyad was twice held by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s fearful intelligence regime for exposing human rights abuses and covering the start of the 2011 “peaceful protests” that turned into civil war. Fayyad offers tips to foreign journalists investigating the trail of Europe’s biggest immigration crisis in decades.

He is joined via Skype by a Germany-based Syrian who reached Germany after travelling on “death boats” from Turkey across the Mediterranean.


Moderators
avatar for Sheila S. Coronel

Sheila S. Coronel

Academic dean, Columbia University
SHEILA S. CORONEL is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Lise Bouyer

Anne-Lise Bouyer

Tech & data team lead, CORRECTIV
Anne-Lise heads the technical & data team at the nonprofit investigative newsroom CORRECTIV . Prior to that, she co-founded Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling where she where she worked for 4 years as a project manager and coordinated the Migrants' Files project... Read More →
avatar for Firas Fayyad

Firas Fayyad

Filmmaker
Award-winning filmmaker Firas Fayyad, twice held by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s fearful intelligence regime for exposing human rights abuses and covering the start of the 2011 “peaceful protests” that turned into civil war, offers tips to foreign journalists investigating... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:30 - 13:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

15:00

How to Investigate the World Bank (and Other Aid Orgs] Using Their Own Data
ICIJ’s Evicted & Abandoned investigation revealed the hidden toll of projects financed by the planet’s best-known development lender: the World Bank. Over the last decade, projects funded by the bank have cost 3.4 million people their homes, part of their land, or some of their livelihoods, while the bank has regularly violated its own rules for protecting these vulnerable populations.

The panelists will offer tips on how to investigate development aid, drawing on the lessons of the World Bank project. They will describe the main challenges faced reporting in the field, conducting data analysis, and dealing with the World Bank, and how these experiences apply to reporting on the lucrative and often unaccountable field of development aid. Among the topics to be addressed:

         - Developing inside sources in international organizations
         - Reporting on development projects in conflict areas and in countries hostile to the press
          -Responding to aggressive public relations campaigns against your story
         - Creating a database from unstructured and incomplete data
         - Verifying data with an organization that is trying to undermine your story

This session is done in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Moderators
avatar for Sheila S. Coronel

Sheila S. Coronel

Academic dean, Columbia University
SHEILA S. CORONEL is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Chavkin

Sasha Chavkin

Reporter, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Sasha Chavkin is a reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He was ICIJ's lead reporter for the Evicted & Abandoned investigation, which explored forced displacement and human rights abuses in development projects funded by the World Bank. He was a... Read More →
avatar for Lourdes Ramirez

Lourdes Ramirez

Directora, Café Informativo
Lourdes Ramírez is a journalist based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, who specializes in violence prevention and social coexistence, transparency and investigative journalism. She has been a consultant for the UN and nonprofit organizations on human rights, human development, violence... Read More →
avatar for Cecile Schillis-Gallego

Cecile Schillis-Gallego

data journalist, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Cécile Schilis-Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine Slate.fr... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

15:00

Step-by-Step Cross-Border Journalism

Do you have an idea for  a good story concerning several countries?

Impressive stories on subjects as varied as tax avoidance, deadly bacteria or international corruption have been dug up through cross-border collaborations.

But how to get started?

Brigitte Alfter presents a step-by-step description of the process from idea to publication and beyond. Discuss and get advice for your story idea here.


Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

Managing Editor, Journalismfund.eu
Co-founder and Managing Editor at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Brigitte is a senior Danish-German journalist, she has won multiple awards and is proud that these awards were always granted to her and team members.Having... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Weidemann 4 (Data Hands-On)

16:30

Covering China: Tips and Best Practices
China is now the world's second largest economy and its actions affect the world. The People's Republic poses unique challenges for investigative journalists. Here are three perspectives from veteran journalists both inside and outside of China. Two Chinese will give their experiences covering the environment and government corruption. And the Financial Times' Christine Spolar led a data-driven investigation into stock manipulation involving Chinese solar company Hanergy, using reporters in Hong Kong, China, and London.

Moderators
avatar for Ying Chan

Ying Chan

Professor, Hong Kong University
Ying Chan is an editorial and media consultant, China expert, educator and journalist, and e-learning advocate. She is the founding director and professor (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Under her leadership, the JMSC became the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine Spolar

Christine Spolar

Investigative editor, Financial Times
Christine Spolar is the investigations editor at the Financial Times. She began the investigations team in 2011 and works with reporters in London, the US, Europe and China. A series on Chinese investment in Europe was among those honoured as Business Team of the Year at the British... Read More →
avatar for Wei Zhou

Wei Zhou

Producer, BBC
Wei Zhou is a BBC Producer based in Beijing. Before joining the BBC, she has been an investigative reporter for Southern Metropolis Daily and CaiXin Magazine, with a focus on corruption and power abuse. She has covered how China's erstwhile President Hu Jintao's aid Ling Jihua and... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

16:30

How To Investigate Development Issues
In times of shrinking newsrooms and slashed budgets for in-depth reporting, development journalism is at risk. Media outlets tend to resort to "quick fix" stories, with little background on how crises or conflicts came about. How can we reinvigorate investigative reporting on international development topics?

In this panel, three grantees of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the European Journalism Centre (EJC) discuss how their investigations came about. What challenges do investigative journalists face in covering development and how to overcome these? The journalists also touch upon the innovative aspects of their projects and explain why they moved away from traditional, linear storytelling. 

This session is held in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre and the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Journalismgrants.org).

 


Moderators
avatar for Diana Lungu

Diana Lungu

Project Manager, European Journalism Cente
Diana Lungu is a former journalist. She currently works at the European Journalism Centre (EJC) in the Netherlands where she manages the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme, a Bill and Melinda Gates media-funding project aimed at enabling a better coverage of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eva Belmonte

Eva Belmonte

Managing Editor, Civio
Eva Belmonte (Spain, 1982) is a journalist specialised in public data treatment and analysis. She gained journalistic experience writing and editing for major Spanish media organisations like El Mundo, where she worked from 2005 to 2012. She is currently Managing Editor at Fundación... Read More →
avatar for Gilles van Kote

Gilles van Kote

Deputy chief editor, Le Monde
Aged 52, Gilles van Kote, is the deputy chief editor of Le Monde, the most influential French daily newspaper. He was a sports writer for almost twenty years (he covered, among other things, the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics), before becoming an environmental journalist in 2006... Read More →
avatar for Stefano Liberti

Stefano Liberti

Journalist & filmmaker
Stefano Liberti is an award-winning journalist, documentary-maker and film director specialized in international migrations and global food markets. He has directed the documentary L'inferno dei bimbi stregoni (winner of the 2010 Premio L'Anello Debole), co-directed the award-winning... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

16:30

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

One and a half years after the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation and the start of the war in Eastern Ukraine, the relations between Moscow and the West have reached a historical post Cold War low. Some observers warn for a New Cold War. "Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia", the London based think tank European Leadership Network recently stated.

How to measure the political, diplomatic and military dimension of the increasing tensions? What is happening behind the scenes and how to report on the real life, cyber and satellite battlefields?

In this panel, four journalists shed their light on these questions from different points of view. Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar explains how to analyse the Kremlin’s foreign policy. Norwegian Moscow correspondent Per Anders Johansen reveals how to research the cyber war between NATO and Moscow. Ukrainian TV journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk will give tips on how to cover the ongoing conflict in East Ukraine. And Norwegian reporter Bård Wormdal explains how to unravel the mystery of satellite warfare.

 


Moderators
avatar for Kristof Clerix

Kristof Clerix

Journalist, Knack
Kristof Clerix (*1978), Belgium, works as a reporter for the Belgian weekly news magzine Knack . He is specialized in security reporting and long term investigative projects. As member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), he collaborated on LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks, Evicted&Abandoned, the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, the Paradise Papers and th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nataliya Gumenyuk

Nataliya Gumenyuk

Head, Journalist, hromadske ua
Nataliya Gumenyuk –   is a Ukrainian  journalist and commentator specializing in foreign affairs. She is co-founder and currently head of Hromadske.TV  - an initiative of Ukrainian journalist to create public broadcasting in Ukraine, and Hromadske International www.en.hromadske.tv... Read More →
avatar for Per Anders Johansen

Per Anders Johansen

Reporter, Aftenposten
Per Anders Johansen is correspondent for Aftenposten in Moscow. Journalist in Aftenposten since 2008. Former News editor in chief for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK (2002-2007) and editor in chief for the Norwegian investigative TV-program NRK Brennpunkt (2000-2002). Worked... Read More →
avatar for Bård Wormdal

Bård Wormdal

Journalist, NRK
Bård Wormdal er NRK-journalist og bosatt i Vadsø. Tidligere har han utgitt Satellittkrigen. Norges militarisering av polområdene og verdensrommet (2011).
avatar for Mikhail Zygar

Mikhail Zygar

Editor-in-chief, Dozhd
Mikhail Zygar is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd. Under Zygar's leadership, Dozhd has provided an alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices. The channel's coverage... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)
 
Friday, October 9
 

09:00

Telia Sonera: How To Track Corruption Across Borders
This case study in international cooperation was a collaboration between Swedish Public TV and numerous journalists abroad, revealing how telecom giant Telia Sonera bribed hard-line dictatorships to get access to new virgin markets in Eurasia. Millions of dollars were paid to front companies for the dictators families from Telia Sonera and their competitors. To date more than one billion dollars have been traced to the deals -- one of the biggest corruption cases in history now investigated by police in over ten countries.

The trio Sven Bergman, Joachim Dyfvermark and Fredrik Laurin was awarded the Daniel Pearl Award for the investigations. The panelists will explain their methods and the tricks and trade of international cooperation.




Moderators
avatar for Jan Gunnar Furuly

Jan Gunnar Furuly

Journalist, Aftenposten
Jan Gunnar Furuly er gravejournalist i Aftenpostens nyhetsavdeling. Furuly var konferansesjef for Global Investigative Journalism Conference på Lillehammer i 2008 og 2015. Han er tidligere styreformann for SKUP (2012-2017) og var styremedlem i Global Investigative Journalism Network... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sven Bergman

Sven Bergman

Hedersomnämnande, SVT Uppdrag granskning
Guldspadejuryns hedersomnämnande i klassen Riks-TV för crossborder-granskningen "Sveriges största muta? TeliaSonera och Azerbajdzjans diktator" Joachim Dyfvermark och Sven Bergman, SVT Uppdrag granskning, Ola Westerberg, TT Nyhetsbyrån, Miranda Patrucic, OCCRP och Khadija Ismayilova... Read More →
avatar for Joachim Dyfvermark

Joachim Dyfvermark

Investigative Reporter, SVT
Hedersomnämnande i klassen Riks-TV av GuldspadejurynJoachim Dyfvermark is an investigative reporter and producer for the current affairs television show, “Uppdrag Granskning” on SVT, Swedish Public Broadcasting. Dyfvermark was part of a renowned trio of Swedish investigative... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 09:00 - 10:00
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

10:30

How To Expose a Tax Haven
It is a story that shook Europe. LuxLeaks exposed in a systematic way how Luxembourg operates as a tax haven in the heart of the continent helping multinational companies avoid billions of dollars in taxes. Team members explain how with the help of digital tools, data mining, and tax experts they transformed 28,000 pages of nearly incomprehensible accountancy lingo into stories that triggered a "tax storm" in Europe and beyond.

Also in this session: how to investigate a tax haven when you don't have a leak.

This session is done in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
 

Moderators
avatar for Kristof Clerix

Kristof Clerix

Journalist, Knack
Kristof Clerix (*1978), Belgium, works as a reporter for the Belgian weekly news magzine Knack . He is specialized in security reporting and long term investigative projects. As member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), he collaborated on LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks, Evicted&Abandoned, the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, the Paradise Papers and th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Simon Bowers

Simon Bowers

Senior Financial Reporter, The Guardian
Simon Bowers is a senior financial reporter for the Guardian, specialising in business investigations. Last year he worked with the ICIJ on LuxLeaks, his articlesprompting a UK parliamentary inquiry and damning report on the scandal. Simon’s other work has put a spotlight on... Read More →
avatar for Edouard Perrin

Edouard Perrin

Reporter, Premières Lignes
Edouard Perrin, France, is a reporter with production company Premières Lignes. He previously worked with French public television station France 2.Perrin is currently an investigative journalist with Premières Lignes' Cash Investigation series. In a 2012 investigation in conjunction with the BBC, Perrin revealed for the first time details of secret agreements between the Luxembourg tax authorities and multinational corporations that allowed companies to drastically reduce their tax bills. Perrin was awarded the... Read More →
avatar for Marina Walker

Marina Walker

ICIJ - Directora, ICIJ


Friday October 9, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

12:00

Workshop: Exposing International Wrongdoing with Code and Journalism
If you ever wondered how can journalists and programmers work together to produce brilliant investigations, this is your workshop. We will use shipping data -- coming sometimes from obscure websites -- to find unknown patterns and interesting stories. You will get your hands dirty by doing a case study from beginning to end and by collaborating with professionals from different backgrounds than yours. Both journalists and coders are welcome. Please, bring your laptop to make the most of the session.

((Logistical note: There will be a 30-minute break to grab lunch. Participants will be allowed to bring the food to the workshop room).

Speakers
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
avatar for Rigoberto Carvajal

Rigoberto Carvajal

Data expert, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Rigoberto Carvajal is ICIJ’s data expert. He graduated from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology as a computer engineer, and has strong experience in software development and database administration and analysis. He is passionate about database technologies for business intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Emilia Díaz-Struck

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Research Editor, ICIJ / Freelance
Emilia Díaz-Struck is the lead researcher for ICIJ's cross-border investigations. She is a professor of journalism at the Central University of Venezuela, and also co-founded Venezuelan news website Armando.info. Emilia has been a contributor for the Washington Post, and has also... Read More →
avatar for Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini

Director of the Master on Data Journalism, Columbia University
Giannna Segnini heads the Data Concentration Program at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the head of the investigative team at «La Nacion» in Costa Rica. Their investigations has led to prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 12:00 - 15:30
Møterom B Under reception desk

14:30

How To Investigate the Arms Trade

Two of the central people behind exposing South Africa’s big arms and corruption scandal share their insights. They are joined by Kristoffer Egeberg from Norway's daily Dagbladet, who investigated how the Norwegian Defence Ministry illegally sold an entire fleet of naval ships to paramilitary forces in Nigeria. Egeberg this year won SKUP's top award for his reporting on the story. Paul Holden and Andrew Feinstein played important roles in exposing the South Africa’s big arms and corruption scandal.


Moderators
avatar for Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Investigative journalist, Freelance
Tarjei Leer-Salvesen is a freelance journalist for newspapers and a researcher for documentary films, with background from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Dagbladet and Faedrelandsvennen. He is also a teacher in journalistic investigative methods. Among his projects now... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristoffer Egeberg

Kristoffer Egeberg

Journalist, Dagbladet
Kristoffer Egeberg er journalist i Dagbladets. Han kom til avisa i 2002, der han har hatt ulike redaksjonelle roller de siste 14 årene. Hans favorittemaer er forsvars- og sikkerhetspolitikk, samfunnsikkerhet, beredskap, og krisehåndtering. Han ble i fjor tildelt Skup-prisen for... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein

Executive Director, Corruption Watch
Andrew Feinstein is a former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa. He is the author of “After the Party: The ANC, Corruption & South Africa’s Uncertain Future” and “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade”. He is currently working on a full-length documentary... Read More →
avatar for Paul Holden

Paul Holden

Director of Investigations, Corruption Watch UK
Paul Holden is a South African-born investigative researcher. He has published four books on South African history and politics, including The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (co-authored with Hennie Van Vuuren) and Who Rules South Africa? (with Martin Plaut... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

14:30

Investigations in the Middle East: Focus on ISIS/Daesh
A panel discussion with focus on the latest developments in the Middle East.

How are journalists able to find reliable sources when investigating extremist groups such as ISIS/Daesh?

How can reporters increase their knowledge about ISIS/Daesh?

What stories are not being told, now that refugees and spectacular acts of violence are dominating the news? 

Moderators
avatar for Terje Carlsson

Terje Carlsson

Journalist/Chairman, Association for Investigative Journalism in Sweden
Terje Carlsson is the chairman of the Swedish investigative journalism network FGJ.

Speakers
avatar for Joakim Medin

Joakim Medin

Investigative journalist, Freelance
Joakim Medin er en svensk journalist som har reist flere ganger til Syria for å dekke den pågående krigen, konsekvensene og det geopolitiske spillet. Han tilbrakte sju uker i Syria sommeren 2015, for blant annet å dokumentere kurdernes kamp og Den islamske staten (IS/Daesh). Hans... Read More →
avatar for Rana Sabbagh

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 →
avatar for Hanene Zbiss

Hanene Zbiss

Investigative journalist, Inkyfada
Hanene Zbiss is a Tunisian investigative journalist, trainer and teacher of investigative journalism. In 2014, she won the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of Expression (category/ investigation). And in 2015, she was nominated for the Global Shining Light Award.She is a founder of... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

16:00

TV Investigations in the Arab World
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.

Moderators
avatar for Rana Sabbagh

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Soliman Nawar

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 →
avatar for Ahmed El Shamy

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 →
avatar for Musab Shawabkeh

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
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

16:00

Understanding Global Tax Dodging

How multinational corporations literally turn a profit off taxes. How eliminating the corporate income tax will hurt developing countries (which depend on it).


Moderators
avatar for Guilherme Alpendre

Guilherme Alpendre

Executive Director, Abraji
Guilherme Alpendre is executive-secretary at Abraji (Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism). As a journalist, has worked in three different Brazilian news radio stations and directed a television documentary. Was part of two different teams at Transparency Brazil, NG... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston

Editor in Chief, DCReport.org
David J. Johnston has been an outstanding American investigative reporter for more than 50 years. He is a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner, a former president of the IRE Board of Director, and a best-selling author. He specializes in economics, regulatory and tax issues. His book "The Making... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 16:00 - 17:00
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)
 
Saturday, October 10
 

10:30

How To Investigate Modern Slavery

Reporting On Modern Day Slavery – Lessons We Learned

The aim of this talk is to instruct others, to learn from our successes and failures and to alert them to the best ways of reporting the issue.

Irish investigative reporter Sean O'Driscoll focuses on conditions for migrant workers in the Gulf states and gives insight into the realities of police surveillance, media bribery, harassment and deportation in these countries.

O'Driscoll was himself deported from the United Arab Emirates in October 2014 after beeing tailed for months by pursuit cars, bribed, propositioned to spy on other foreign journalists and possibly traced by way of his cell phone. Read more on that in this Newsweek article.

Tobore Ovuoire from Nigeria's Premium Times went undercover to unravel how trafficking rings operate as proper organised crime syndicates.


Moderators
avatar for Sidsel Wold

Sidsel Wold

Journalist, NRK
Sidsel Wold is a foreign affairs reporter at NRK, the main public non-commercial TV&Radio-station in Norway.She studied European history, political Science and Russian language & litterature at the University in Oslo before she graduated at the Journalism School in Oslo in 1990.Wold... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tobore Ovuorie

Tobore Ovuorie

Investigative journalist, Premium Times
Tobore Ovuorie is a dogged multiple-award winning investigative and health journalist with several years of experience covering health, politics, foreign, women, fashion, crime and business beats. She mainly investigates human rights abuses, corruption, health and regulatory failures... Read More →
avatar for Sean O’Driscoll

Sean O’Driscoll

Journalist, The Times
Sean O’Driscoll is an investigative journalist who worked for four years in the UAE. His investigations into migrant worker rights have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, The Sunday Times and other publications. He was deported from the UAE in October, 2014 and is... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

14:30

Investigating Health Issues: Ebola

The most widespread epidemic of Ebola virus disease in global history started in West Africa in December 2013. The mortality rate among infected patient groups was as high as 70 percent in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

Almost two years later more than 11.000 people has succumbed to the virus, and the epidemic has had severe consequences in countries affected.

How did the epidemic spiral out of control? and what kind of challenges do reporters face when covering an unknown and deadly enemy? What kind of lessons can the coverage of an African epidemic teach us about covering the next health emergency?

US journalist Ashoka Mukpo was on assignment in Liberia as a freelance photographer for NBC when he himself contracted Ebola in October 2014. He survived thanks to fast treatment at hospitals in Liberia and the US.

“I think it's important in life to take risks for things that you believe in. But it's also important to keep yourself safe. So, I mean, it's hard to call Ebola a learning experience. But I think that I'm gonna walk away from this with some important lessons for the future”, he told NBC after doctors said he no longer had Ebola in his bloodstream.

Editor Rodney D. Sieh owns and runs Liberia’s FrontPage Africa and will explain how he and his staff was covering the epidemic, and how negliance and bad decisions by the government and local authorities made the situation worse. 

Rosemary Nwaebuni from Nigeria’s Pointer Newspaper focuses on her coverage of “Nigeria and Ebola:  The Success Story

 


Moderators
avatar for Maren Sæbø

Maren Sæbø

Journalist, Bundu
Maren Sæbø is editor of bundu.no - a website on African Affairs in Norwegian, independent journalist and former editor of Verdensmagasinet X. She was educated in South Africa and has worked in several Norwegian newsrooms... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ashoka Mukpo

Ashoka Mukpo

Freelance journalist and researcher, Freelance
Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist and researcher. From 2012-2014, he was based in Monrovia, Liberia, working as an investigator with a local advocacy organization that monitors extractive industry operations in the country. During the Ebola crisis, he wrote and shot video for... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Nwaebuni

Rosemary Nwaebuni

Features Editor, Delta Printing and Publishing Company Ltd,
Rosemary Nwaebuni is an investigative journalist with The Pointer Newspaper in Nigeria. She is driven by a passion to expose societal ills and bring perpetrators to justice.  She has worked with Insight TWI/Africa Investigates to expose the activities of Nigeria's fake doctors and... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Sieh

Rodney Sieh

Editor/Publisher, FrontPageAfrica Newspaper
A veteran journalist of more than two decades, Rodney Sieh is currently the founder and editor of FrontPageAfrica, Liberia’s largest independent print and online daily newspaper of record, which has set a new standard for journalism in Liberia with groundbreaking reporting that... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

14:30

Investigating on Foreign Ground

How do you conduct a critical investigation on foreign soil? You don’t know the language or landscape, and you still need to protect your sources. How can you film or report, when you "flash" so much that everything stops around you or you risk being arrested? And what's hit and run television?

Award-winning documentarian Tom Heinemann shares practical examples in this session.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Heinemann

Tom Heinemann

Journalist and producer, Heinemann Media
Tom Heinemann is an independent investigative journalist and filmmaker. He is a two-time winner of the “Outstanding Investigative Journalist” award of the Danish Association of Investigative Journalism (FUJ) and is the man behind “The Micro Debt”-film that exposed Grameen... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 14:30 - 15:30
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)

16:00

FOIAs, RTIs, & Access to Information

In this session you will learn tips and tricks to get information from various parts of the world. More than 100 countries now have freedom of information (FOI) and right-to-information (RTI) laws. The participants in this panel have broad experience creating, enforcing, and using these laws around the world. The panel features experts from East Asia, the United States, and Europe with first-hand experience in the rapidly changing field of FOI. 


Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

Managing Editor, Journalismfund.eu
Co-founder and Managing Editor at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Brigitte is a senior Danish-German journalist, she has won multiple awards and is proud that these awards were always granted to her and team members.Having... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheila S. Coronel

Sheila S. Coronel

Academic dean, Columbia University
SHEILA S. CORONEL is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines... Read More →
avatar for Helen Darbishere

Helen Darbishere

Founder / Director, Access Info Europe
Helen Darbishire is a founder and former chair of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network, which inaugurated the "International Right to Know Day" in 2002; the day is now celebrated around the world. Access Info Europe drafted the right to information indicators for the recently... Read More →
avatar for Emilia Díaz-Struck

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Research Editor, ICIJ / Freelance
Emilia Díaz-Struck is the lead researcher for ICIJ's cross-border investigations. She is a professor of journalism at the Central University of Venezuela, and also co-founded Venezuelan news website Armando.info. Emilia has been a contributor for the Washington Post, and has also... Read More →
KG

Kevin Goldberg

Member, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
NLA Legal Counsel


Saturday October 10, 2015 16:00 - 17:00
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

16:00

Search for Data in 200 Countries

Investigations that span national boundaries can be some of the trickiest, yet some of the most rewarding to pursue. Offshored corporate interests, multinational company structures and global supply chains often take investigators overseas, into jurisdictions they may be unfamiliar with. Local language, unknown administrative and regulatory conventions, hidden media biases and restrictive data provision can be significant barriers to a successful investigation. This session will look at tools to overcome the challenges of cross-border investigations and uncover an entity's global footprint, including an introduction to Arachnys Investigator, which enables users to query thousands of global public corporate, legal, news and regulatory data sources from 200 countries in real time.


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur

Senior Editor, Center of Investigative Reporting
Jennifer LaFleur is senior editor for data journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Long

Ed Long

Head of Research, Arachnys
Ed Long is Head of Research at Arachnys, a UK-based software company building solutions for investigators working in risk, compliance and business intelligence. Arachnys' products streamline the searching of public data in over 200 countries and territories and over 80 languages from both the surface and deep web.While... Read More →
avatar for Margot Williams

Margot Williams

Research Editor, The Intercept
Margot Williams is an investigative researcher at The Intercept, previously at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), NPR, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has pursued jihadists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated war contractors and followed the money (and priva... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 16:00 - 17:00
Weidemann 4 (Data Hands-On)
 
Sunday, October 11
 

10:30

Award Winners: A Discussion with the New Global Shining Light Recipients
The Global Shining Light Award is the only journalism prize that honors investigative journalism done in developing and transitioning countries while under threat or duress. It is given out only once every two years by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and is now in its 6th year. Come hear the winners of this year's awards, chosen from 76 entries from 34 countries. 

Moderators
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →

Sunday October 11, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)