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Unsafe for Scrutiny

The role that journalists play as a public watchdog uncovering information and holding power to account has increasingly been under threat, not only in authoritarian regimes but in democratic societies. Alongside the traditional forms of verbal or written harassment and physical attack, more sophisticated digital threats including surveillance, trolling and targeted smear campaigns have emerged as well as vexatious legal threats, often referred to as strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs). Taken together with a marked rise in hostile attitudes expressed by some politicians, who often utilise a ‘fake news’ and misinformation agenda, and attempts to restrict access to information, an environment has emerged in which journalists working to provide public scrutiny have become increasingly unsafe. [Image under (CC)]

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Unsafe for scrutiny – International Anti-Corruption Day event

Unsafe for scrutiny: How the misuse of the UK’s financial and legal systems to facilitate corruption undermines the freedom and safety of investigative journalists around the world.   This webinar, held on International Anti-Corruption Day, will launch the Foreign Policy Centre’s latest publication in the Unsafe for Scrutiny series, which will examine the impact that the UK’s continued role as a key facilitator of global financial crime and corruption has ...

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Speakers

Clare Rewcastle Brown, UK journalist at The Sarawak Report

Pavla Holcová, Czech journalist, Founder of Investigace.cz and Editor for Central Europe at OCCRP

Ben Cowdock, Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK

Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Nigel Mills MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Anti-Corruption and Responsible Tax

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
December 9, 2020
5:00pm-6:30pm
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Unsafe for Scrutiny: Examining the pressures faced by journalists uncovering financial crime and corruption on the UK’s watch

Investigative journalists from across the world have repeatedly exposed how financial and legal systems – including those in the UK and its overseas jurisdictions – have been abused to facilitate corruption by their ruling elites, opaque businesses and criminal enterprises. They have often done this in the face of significant challenges to their own safety and security. This event, held as part of the Foreign Policy Centre’s ‘Unsafe for Scrutiny’ ...

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Paul Radu, investigative journalist and co-founder of OCCRP

Oliver Bullough, UK journalist and author of Moneyland

Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19

Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
November 2, 2020
4pm-5:30pm
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Investigating Corruption: US versus UK – A Widening Transatlantic Divide?

Barely into the start of 2021 and events around the world have brought the question of global corruption and the fight against it sharply into focus. Noticeable is the increasing divergence between governing authorities in the US and UK’s approach towards tackling anti-corruption and money laundering. The new Biden administration has clearly identified corruption as ‘a core national security interest’ and recent ‘historic’ legislation passed through US Congress takes aim ...

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Tom Burgis, investigative journalist at The Financial Times and author of ‘Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World’

Casey Michel, US investigative journalist and author of upcoming book ‘American Kleptocracy’

Dr Tena Prelec, Research Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

Dr Sue Hawley, Executive Director of Spotlight on Corruption

Chair: Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre

 

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When
April 20, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

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