Leila Minano

Journalist, Youpress/Investigate Europe/Disclose

Leïla Miñano is an independent journalist that co-founded Youpress, a collective of freelancers based in Paris. She is part of Investigate Europe team and she is the secretary general of the french non-profit Disclose, which has just exposed the use of french weapons in the war in Yemen. She co-wrote three investigative books, one, on sexual violence in the French army, "La Guerre invisible" (2014), who has conduct the french ministery of defense to build a national plan on sexual violences in the military, and changed the law, integrating for the first time « sexual Harrassment in the military code. Another on the taking of the city of Palmyra in Syria "Le Sacrifice de Palmyre" by ISIS, exposing the abuses on the 200 000 civilians of the city comitted by the terrorist group and by the Syrian regime. It was just recognized by the Ministry of foreign affairs, as a book of reference on « the syrian civil war and terrorism ». Her last book, Mauvaise troupe, was just published on september 2019, exposed the abuses comitted by the french military in Central African Republic, during the civil war. In 2016, she directed the Zero Impunity investigation project on rape as a weapon of war in 6 countries, which was awarded by the FIPA d'or, and published by 12 medias around the world. In february 2019, she was elected Women of the month, by UN-Women, for her work in sexual violence in war times.

Leila is speaking at

Crime & Corruption
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Atrium, Der Spiegel



Exposing ethnic cleansing and war crimes takes a special set of  skills, ranging from intense work with interviews in the field to careful documentation in the newsroom. And an approach that will help protect both the victims and yourself. Come hear from these widely experienced journalists on how they've done some of the toughest work in journalism. Freelancer Leila Minano has covered at length the war in Syria and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Filmmaker Cecile Allegra has covered war zones in central Asia and Africa, with a focus on the Libyan civil war. And Reuters' Andrew Marshall shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the attacks on and explusion of the Rohynga in Myanmar. 

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