Investigative journalism

ALI AL IBRAHIM is a Syrian award-winning journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker who has covered the civil war in Syria, from the peaceful protests in 2011 to the battles in El-Gouta, first hand. He has documented and reported on the devastating destruction of his country and the war’s impact on civilians. Al Ibrahim has survived both Assad’s prisons and ISIS’ captivity. To escape death and continue to work, he left Syria in 2015 in a dangerous escape and arrived in 2016 as ICORN writer-in-residence in Jönköpings Län in Sweden. He has since worked tirelessly with reporting and film projects to bring to the world the devastating destruction of his home country and its people.

ALI is speaking at

Safety & Security
September 26, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
MS Stubnitz Hold 1 (Vorschiff)


  • ALI AL IBRAHIM (Speaker) Investigative journalism
  • Marcela Turati (Speaker) Reporter, Quinto Elemento Lab México
  • Juliana Ruhfus (Speaker) Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English
  • Cait McMahon (Moderator) Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific


Journalists have an obligation not to re-traumatize victims they are interviewing, while at the same time taking care of their own psychological well-being when covering traumatic stories.

This session brings together three award-winning journalists who have reported traumatic stories in extremely difficult places, including Syria, Mexico, Somalia, and Libya. They will look at issues raised when reporters immerse themselves in traumatic stories and discuss crucial coping strategies.

French Translation
September 28, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Lecture Hall 150, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



Investigating war and conflict takes a special set of skills and considerable resilience. Here are three veteran correspondents who have investigated very different conflicts around the world. Who's financing the war and arming the fighters? What resources are at stake and who stands to gain from the conflict? Find out how to dig beyond the official releases, propaganda, and smoke of war.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

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