Saturday, September 28
Investigating in Closed & Captured States
Saturday, September 28
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universit├Ąt (HCU)


  • Tamas Bodoky (Speaker) Executive Director,
  • Umar Cheema (Speaker) Special Correspondent, The News
  • Barbara Maseda (Speaker) Founder/Editor, Inventario
  • Zayar Hlaing (Speaker) Editor, Myanmar Observer Media Group
  • Karol Ilagan (Moderator) Senior Reporter, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism


Doing investigative journalism in the best of times is a challenge -- getting the time to dig, developing reluctant sources, following compex trails. Now add to that a hostile government that shrinks the space for free expression, whose cronies buy up media houses, and whose goons threaten you and your colleagues with lawsuits, prison, and violence. It's happening more and more, with global declines in political rights and civil liberties for the last 13 years, according to Freedom House. How does an investigative reporter -- or an entire newsroom -- cope in a society that is closed, closing or captured? Here are some strategies for staying in business and fighting the good fight, from our resourceful colleagues in Cuba, Hungary, Myanmar, Pakistan, and the Philipppines.

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