Attacks on the press: Stamping out impunity
Frontline Club will be marking World Press Freedom Day with a discussion on how to stamp out impunity (Wed 8 May at 7pm) with Peter Horrocks (BBC Global News), Heather Blake (Reporters Without Borders), Elisabeth Witchel (Committee to Protect Journalists), Aidan Sullivan (Getti Images).
Across the world everyday, journalists are targeted – whether online or in person – and face injuries, kidnappings and death. In the majority of cases the perpetrators are not brought to justice and this evading of punishment often leads to self censorship by other journalists.
Reporting on corruption, crime, conflict, politics and human rights is crucial in society, but how can we better protect the journalists doing this work?
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Chris Blackhurst the Editor of the highly-regarded Independent newspaper is visiting Brunel on Tuesday. Chris has been very high profile during the Leveson inquiry into the standards of the British Press. He is this week’s guest speaker. Students and staff from other subject areas are welcome.
Note to students: Chris is very approachable and hey, he hires journalists and is also a Class A contact to have.
Tuesday 29 January at 12.00 in LC-F.
Chris Blackhurst biography: After graduating from Cambridge joined the staff of a legal magazine, but soon moved to Fleet Street, where he worked for the Business section, then Insight investigations team of The Sunday Time. He was then appointed City Editor of the Sunday Express in 1990. He joined The Independent on Sunday in 1992 as Senior Business Writer, then moved to The Independent in 1993 as Westminster Correspondent. He became Deputy Editor of The Independent on Sunday and The Independent then followed editor, Rosie Boycott, back to the Express in 1998, as Deputy Editor. From 2002, Blackhurst edited the City Pages of the Evening Standard, until he was appointed Editor ofThe Independent in 2011.
This is part of the Centre for Investigtaive Journalism Investigative Journalism film week
Saturday 19 January 4.00pm
Oliver Thompson Theatre, City University London
Directors: Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl
Producers: Kavita Bahl
Language: Marathi and English. English subtitles, Hindi
Cotton for my Shroud investigates the ongoing farmer suicide crisis in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian government. It examines the strategy of multinational corporations to control seed supply, and corrupt politicians’ willingness to help in this second colonisation of India.
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The week ahead: First Operation Elveden trial, Amy Winehouse inquest, Lords debate Leveson
Foresight News 04 January 2013
It’s a busy day in London’s courts on Monday as two major trials get underway. At Southwark Crown Court, Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn faces charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act – only revealed after journalists successfully challenged reporting restrictions around the case – and of misconduct in public office. Hers is the first case to be brought to trial as a result of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Elveden, its investigation into alleged inappropriate payments to police.
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