Rana Sabbagh


Rana Sabbagh is a founder and executive director of the award-wining Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) ever since its inception in Amman, Jordan, in 2005, to promote a culture of accountability journalism among journalists, editors, media professors, and students across the region. She has spent 36 years of her life as a career journalist, media columnist, and trainer supporting independent media, free speech, and human rights in one of the world’s most autocratic regions. As chief editor of the Jordan Times, she became the first female editor of a political daily in the near East (1999-2002). She was one of six journalists who founded Jordan’s latest independent newspaper, AlGhad. Before that, she worked as a correspondent for the international news agency Reuters in Jordan, and later on in Dubai, covering the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran, and Yemen. In addition, she is a regional media columnist as well as a trainer for a number of international media development agencies. She holds an Executive Master in Positive Leadership, Strategy, and Innovation from the IE University in Madrid. She is currently on a research sabbatical from ARIJ until the end of 2019.

Rana is speaking at

September 29, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm


  • Minna Knus-Galan (Speaker) Investigative journalist, Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company. MOT
  • Elena Kuch (Speaker) Reporter, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
  • Yasu Sawa (Speaker) Senior Writer, Investigative and In-Depth Reporting, Kyodo News
  • Rana Sabbagh (Moderator) Arij


Cross-border projects have grown in popularity and sophistication. What are the lessons in working in these unique collaborations from the perspective of an individual reporter? How do you join an international collaboration?

What have been the strong points of each network in terms of planning, data sharing, and daily communication? How do you cope with cultural clashes and different ways of doing journalism? And how do you deal with the stress that each muckraker at some point has to face?

Elena Kuch/NDR (Germany), Yasuomi Sawa/Kyodo (Japan) and Minna Knus-Galán/Yle (Finland) have all years of experience of cross-border projects like Panama Papers, Implant Files and Troika Laundromat.

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