Anne Koch


Anne Koch is Program Director at Global Investigative Journalism Network. She worked as a broadcast journalist and executive for more than 20 years, mostly for the BBC, before becoming a director at anti-corruption NGO Transparency International. Her award-winning career in BBC journalism included service as deputy director of the English World Service, executive editor of the BBC’s flagship radio news and current affairs programs and editor of the World Tonight. She has produced or edited over a hundred documentaries and worked as a producer on BBC Radio 4’s investigative journalism program File on Four. At TI, she served as director of Europe and Central Asia, overseeing nearly 50 independent chapters.

Anne is speaking at

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Amber (3rd Floor)


  • Anne Koch (Moderator) Program Director, GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM NETWORK
  • Namini Wijedasa (Moderator) The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka


Our networking sessions are just that: informal meet-ups where you can introduce youself, talk about your work, brainstorm and find new friends and support. Come join our moderators for a great discussion: GIJN's Anne Koch, who spent 20 years producing at the BBC, and Namini Wijedasa of Sri Lanka's Sunday Times, who was named that country's Investigative Journalist of the Year.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Coral (3rd Floor)



The #MeToo movement has had important impact in Asia generally and on Asian media in particular. Ying Chan, founder of Hong Kong University's Journalism & Media Studies Centre, will report on how Chinese freelancers and citizen journalists are forcing universities to take charges of harassment and abuse seriously. And Shiori Ito will talk about how her reporting on sexual violence in Japan has put #MeToo on the map in that country. Law professor Doreen Weisenhaus will provide an American perspective on the dramatic impact the movement has had on US culture and the media.

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