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19 juni 2008

Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Noorwegen 11-14 sept 2008

Most of the program for the fifth Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer Norway is now clear, and published at our web site: www.gijc2008.no/program

We in the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP) proimise you four packed days with more than 80 workshops, seminars, panels, hands-on-classes and a lot of network activities in the Olympic city of Lillehammer.
Now is the time to get registered for this great event!

This will no doubt be the *most global* of all the global investigative conferences so far: So far over 200 journalists from close to 70 countries are registered as participants.

Some of the highlights:

"The Pearl Project"
Asra Q. Nomani (ex. Wall Street Journal/Georgetown University), USA/India
and Massoud Ansari (Herald/), Pakistan.
Wall Street journalist Danny Pearl was kidnapped and killed in Karachi in 2002. Inspired by the famous Arizona project Nomani is now leading the Pearl Project. Goal: Uncover the murderers of the U.S. journalist. How will they conduct this task and what are the practical and ethical challenges.

"The Middle East: An exercise in lethal journalism"
Robert Fisk (The Independent), UK, examines the failure of reporters to confront the realities of the Middle East, and asks why this great human tragedy is reported as if it was a football match."

"Generation Kill"
Evan Wright (Rolling Stone), USA.
Wright has written the bestselling book "Generation Kill", based on real events that took place during his two months as embedded reporter with U.S. Marines in Iraq in 2003. How was the three magazine stories converted to a book - and then to a HBO TV-series? We are working to get permission from HBO to screen one of the episodes of this seven episode series.

"Rendition - following the CIA-ghost planes"
Stephen Grey, freelancer UK, Fredrik Laurin, Swedish Television, Margot Williams, New York Times, USA.

"Covering Afghanistan from the inside".
Harun Najafizada, BBC Persian service (Afghanistan) and Massoud Quiam, Tolo TV (Afghanistan).

"Covering the secret services and terrorism issues in Russia"
Andrei Soldatov, Agentura.ru, Irina Borogan, Novaya Gazeta, Russia How to cover counterterrorism activity and what to do with Authorities' rules for terrorism covering - restrictions of working in the areas of crises, limits of using the sources and quotes from the ""Second side"". Covering turf wars and espionage scandals: facing the risk to be accused of exposing state secrets. Since 2000 Soldatov and collegues have runned project Agentura.Ru - web-site on secret services and terrorism issues.

"Fatal words - fatwa against journalist"
Fatal Words - The high cost of freedom of speech. The dramatic experiences of the young Nigerian journalist Isioma Daniel and the Norwegian Miss World candidate Kathrine S?rland during the International Miss World Contest in Nigeria 2002. A beauty contest that resulted in a fatal combination of beauty queens & bloodshed, fear and fatwa. Isioma is today a refugee in Norway, working as a journalist for regional newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

"How to protect your sources I/Case: Sonera-scandal"
Tuomo Pietilinen, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland and Frode Nielsen, Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. Norway
A team from Finlands largest newspaper starts investigation of the countries largest mobile phone operator - and soon see themselves under surveillance/phone tapping from the same company. Nielsen: How to protect your sources in the new digital world.

"How to protect your sources II: How easy is it to tap your phone/get access
to your computer"
National Security Authority, Norway
Experts from Norway's Security Authority with LIVE DEMONSTRATION on how easy it is to break into pass word "protected" pc's, to hack into a computer and to tap a GSM mobile phone with spy software that is sold on the Internet.

"How to investigate corruption at an international institutions"
Hans-Martin Tillack, Stern, Germany.

"How to investigate the international oil/gas industry"
Vivienne Walt, Time Magazine, USA/France, Sunday Dare (USA/Nigeria).

"Understanding Company Accounts"
Michael Gillard, (Sunday Times) and Raj Bairoliya, forensic accountant, UK.
1. Financial and company filings and disclosures. 2. How to read them and make sense of them.

"TV-documentary: How private security spy on NGOs and journalists"
Jean-Philippe Ceppi, Switzerland (TV).
How private security companies are spying on NGOs and journalists. Who are the groups which has been targeted by big multinationals? How are their methods which now are close to the one of State intelligence.

"Flip the coin - how the north exploits the south"
Erling Borgen, Norway & Tom Heinemann, Denmark
TV documentary shows the backside of globalization. Three programs will be screened in Norway, Sweden and Denmark this year. Reporters are following the footpaths of big, Scandinavian companies, which are using cheap labor and exploiting local resources, so we in the Nordic countries can get our products as cheap as possible - and the company owners to get filthy rich.
The first program on working conditions for workers in Bangladesh in factories which deliver their goods to Scandinavian mobile phone companies Ericsson and Telenor, lead to public outrage.

"Uncovering the sex scandal - the be shut down for a year"
Sam Dean, The Independent Newspaper, Liberia.
Publisher Sam Dean of The Independent Newspaper in Monrovia narrowly avoided several attempts to lure him into an ambush in early 2008. Dean had received death threats after his paper made headlines in Feb 2007 for publishing a story and photos of a senior aide to president Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, Minister for Presidential Affairs, Willis Knuckles, having sex with two women. Dean was briefly arrested and then disappeared from public view, with the police denying knowledge of his whereabouts. The government also withdrew his paper's licence for a year for "disregarding" the penal code, which outlaws the publication of "immoral publications." After a legal battle, the paper's ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in March 2007. Several people were arrested in the "contract killer" case Feb 2008, and one of them carried a government ID.

"Trafficking of sexworkers"
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Crusading Guide, Ghana
Anas was responsible for breaking two major trafficking rings in Accra- Working undercover for eight months, he exposed one ring's methods of transportation and the identities of immigration officials who were accepting bribes in return for overlooking fake visas and passports. Mr. Anas made recordings of his interactions, allowing him to produce evidence that could be used to prosecute the traffickers who were sending girls to Europe for prostitution. As a result of his undercover investigation, and his collaboration with law enforcement, NGOs and other journalists, 17 Nigerian trafficking victims were rescued.

"Joint investigative projects I: Norway/South Africa"
Anne Hafstad, Siri Gedde-Dahl, Alf Endre Magnuss, Aftenposten, Norway and Louise Flanagan, South Africa.

"Joint investigative projects II: Costa Rica/Finland"
Giannina Segnini (Costa Rica) and Minna Knus-Galan (Finland)
Journalists from Finland and Costa Rica cooperated on an incredible scam to sell medical equipment to Costa Rica's hospitals for over 30 MN EUROs. Most of the equipment is still collecting dust, not used because Costa Rica's hospitals really had no need for the stuff. But the local officials who landed the lucrative deal got plenty of commission, which was used to buy
expensive houses and cars.

"How to uncover miscarriage of justice cases"
Eamonn O'Neill, Scotland/Tore Sandberg, Norway
Step to step how to dig up the errors of the justice system. Learn how to work with documents, experts and interviewees on real cases.

"How to fascilitate investigative journalism I - How to fund your project"
Henrik Kaufholz , Danish SCOOP, Brigitte Alfter, Politiken, Denmark/Belgium,
Ides Debruyne (Fonds Pascal Decroos), Belgium.

"How to fascilitate investigative journalism II"
David Kaplan; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ),
Global Investigative Journalism - Strategies for support. David Kaplan has looked at how different centers for investigative journalism are organized and financed and how they work.

"How to fascilitate investigative journalism III"
Mark Hunter, Senior trainer, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism,

"How to use FOIAs"
Alexenia Dimitrova (24 Hours), Bulgaria, Andr? Verl?y (Norwegian Institute for Journalism), Norway.

"How to use FOIA in EU - how to fight for insight"
Brigitte Alfter, Politiken, Denmark/Belgium, David B. Smallman, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, USA.

"How to dig in US. archives to find info from your country"
Margot Williams, New York Times, USA and Frode Nielsen, NRK - Norway. Digging in U.S.archives can be digging for gold. What are the sources and how do you get access?

"Exposing political parties and their strategies"
Nicky Hager (New Zealand)
Professional strategists, spin doctors, pollsters, campaign consultants (and lots of money) are at the centre of modern politics. This session looks at how to recognise and expose modern techniques of political and media manipulation. It uses the example of Nicky Hager's investigation into New Zealand's main conservative party, which documented three years of
undemocratic and deeply cynical tactics and led to the resignation of the party leader.

"Documentary: Mining on tribal land in Orissa, India"
Vinod Raja, Grassroots Media, India
Shot in far-flung areas of Orissa, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh, the film MAHUA MEMOIRS races back and forth from 2002 to 2006, and across landscapes, weaving together episodes. Tribal communities, some of the poorest and most deprived people in the country, are ranged against strong business groups. Meet prize winning filmmaker Vinod Raja who made the
film and listen to how he made it.

The female investigative journalism method"
Kavita Joshi, India
Kavita Joshi with the documentary: "Tales from the margins", talks about "The female investigative journalism method".

"Female circumcision in Europe"
Tormod Strand, Norwegian Broadcasting and Valentin Thurn, Thurn Film,
German journalist Valentin Thurn and Norwegian journalist Tormod Strand has done impressive work on female circumcision among immigrants in Europe, a hugely controversial topic. Girls are being sent back to their native countries; sources and reporters are being threatened etc. How did the reporters work to get their story?

"Buddha's radio warriors - in exile"
Burma Radio, Oslo (Norway)
From a little studio in Oslo, Norway, Democratic Voice of Burma is spreding news from one of the most closed countries in the world. How do they get their sources and stories?

"Documentary: Investigating Michael Moore"
Debbie Melnyk & Rick Kane, Canada
The Toronto-based documentary filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine started as fans of Michael Moore, but ended up making a critical documentary on his working methods. In Lillehammer they show and tell how they made the movie.

"Investigative journalism with a camera"
G.M.B Akash, Bangladesh
G.M.B Akash is a prize winning photographer from Bangladesh. He focuses his lenses on the poor and most stigmatized in his region. His photos of child workers, prostitutes and hermaphrodites have won world wide acclamation. Focuses on such topics are not popular in his own country, and after receiving condemnations and death threats he had to flee to Germany for a while.

"Power of the Chinese bloggers"
Isaac Mao, blogger
Isaac Mao is one of the pioneers of blogs in the People's Republic of China. He is co-founder of CNBlog.org and a researcher in social learning. In 2005, he started the movement for adopting Chinese bloggers on overseas servers. The power of the bloggers in China has been demonstrated many times to reveal state propaganda, and was again seen in the aftermath of the earthquake in May 2008 and probably will be seen during the Summer Olympics of 2008.

"Investigative journalism in China"
Hu Shuli, Caijing Magazine/Isaac Mao and more names to be confirmed. Shuli Hu, China, is managing editor of Caijing, or Business & Finance Review, a magazine she helped start in China in 1998. Five years later, Hu and her magazine are pioneering Western-style investigative reporting in a country where all but a handful of media are owned and run by the state. In 2000, Caijing reported on insider trading and stock manipulation by 10 Chinese brokerages. A year later the magazine investigated share-ramping schemes. Other reports have set off scandals over false accounting and poor corporate governance and have led regulators to crack down on investment trusts caught manipulating the market. Ying Chan, Hongkong.

"What happened in China during the Olympics?"
Jens Weinreich, Inside Sport, Germany + more names to be confirmed.

For CAR-classes, see more details here: www.gijc2008.no/program/150

Full program is found here: www.gijc2008.no/program

(bericht overgenomen van/source Global-L-Digest Vol 61 Issue 8)