Power of the Pen - Africa SpeaksIACA’s second edition of the Power of the Pen: Ethics, Roles, and Responsibilities of Today’s Journalists started in Accra, Ghana yesterday morning.

Over three days, 18 print and broadcast journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa  will sit-down together with fellow professionals such as Paul Radu, the Executive Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Ghanaian undercover journalist acclaimed for his investigative works on human rights and corruption. Suzanne Hayden, the roundtable’s moderator, will guide the discussions, and work with the participants to extract lessons learned from the entire continent and beyond.

On the agenda are undercover investigations, the crime network between Eastern Europe and Africa, as well as ethics and responsible reporting. In addition, UNODC’s Samuel de Jaegere will present UNODC’s latest publication, Reporting on Corruption, A Resource Tool for Governments and Journalists, while journalist/scholar Kadija Sharife and Paul Radu will introduce the Investigative Dashboard Tool, which assists investigators to expose transnational illicit ties.

The Power of the Pen roundtable, catering to Sub-Saharan Africa this time around, is co-sponsored by the US Department of State. The first roundtable took place in October 2012, having brought together a group of journalists from the MENA region.