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Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM CET

About

Investigative journalism is crucial in unveiling matters of public interest that would otherwise remain concealed, and in this way it plays a key role of informing the public and holding governments, businesses and organisations accountable. Through investigative journalism, often characterised by time-intensive, costly and highly risky operations, many cases of corruption have been revealed. The emergence of the COVID -19 pandemic has impacted on many aspects of the global economy and system including the work of investigative journalists. It’s sudden, unprecedented, global and deadly effects has warranted often emergency responses and have posed great challenges and corruption risks in attempts to curb it. This panel discussion is aimed at unpacking how the pandemic has impacted on investigative journalism. During this panel, the panelists will discuss among many other issues the following broad questions;

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted investigative journalism and its ability to expose corruption?
  • What are the case examples, trends and patterns of corruption linked to the pandemic?
  • What are the personal experiences of journalists doing investigative journalism during the pandemic?
  • What are the threats to investigative journalism & journalists post COVID-19, and what are the impacts?

Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM CET

Moderator

Anthony Mills

FRANCE 24 Correspondent and Communications Consultant

Anthony Mills is a Vienna correspondent for France 24, university lecturer and communications consultant for clients such as the United Nations and Council of Europe. A former CNN correspondent in Beirut, and former deputy director of the International Press Institute, he is an expert on press freedom, and lectures regularly on the role of the media in the fight against corruption.

He is a doctoral candidate in the Communications Department of the University of Vienna, where his research focuses on the governance of press freedom in Western democracies under the prism of state surveillance.

Speaker

Joel Konopo

Investigative Journalist and Co-Founder of INK Centre for Investigative Journalism in Botswana

Joel Konopo is a Botswana journalist. He has led strategic initiatives in multiple journalism organisations, first as editor of Botswana Guardian and as co-founder of a vibrant non-profit investigative journalism outfit, INK Centre for Investigative Journalism. His investigative work in Botswana and Africa has elicited great results. His strength lies in collaboration and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the investigative journalism field. He strives in an innovative environment.

As a 2018 John Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, he explored the intersection between AI and journalism and firmly believes that journalism must continue to innovate to solve the industry's many challenges, to support an informed public and for democracy to thrive. He is currently pursuing a MSc degree in Data Journalism at Columbia University in New York.

Speaker

Ernest Sagaga

Head of Human Rights and Safety at the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Brussels

Ernest Sagaga is the Head of Human Rights and Safety at the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Brussels. He served as the first official spokesperson of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and, before that, worked as a journalist for the BBC World Service in London.

He holds a law degree, a Master’s degree in international and diplomatic studies and a Postgraduate diploma in international practice of human rights.

Speaker

Khadija Sharife

Award-winning Investigative Journalist and Senior Editor for Africa at OCCRP

Based in South Africa, Khadija Sharife (LLM) is an award-winning investigative journalist and senior editor for Africa at OCCRP. Her focus is illicit financial flows, natural resources, and political economy. She is the former director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, and is a board member of Finance Uncovered.

She has worked with forums including Pan-African Parliament, African Union, OECD, and UNEP. She is the author of “Tax Us If You Can: Africa among other works.

Speaker

Franz Wild

Editor/Reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Franz Wild leads The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's Enablers project in London. He spent 13 years as a reporter for Bloomberg, covering everything from politics to economics and mining in West, Central and Southern Africa, as well as London. He has led investigations into grand corruption, fraud, insider trading and everything in between. Franz’s subjects have included giant commodity corporations, New York hedge funds and a string of colourful billionaires.

He has won several prizes for his work, including the British Journalism Awards, and was a Gerald Loeb Award finalist. Authorities in the UK, US and elsewhere have opened criminal investigations into some of his subjects after his articles were published.