It is our responsibility as media makers to point out problems in our societies. But every day, inspiring local solutions are thought and created. What can the role of journalists be in this process? In this interactive session we discuss how solutions journalism can be a tool for journalists and media makers reporting on crises. Using regional examples and practical tips, this session will give participants tools that can be adapted in their professional lives and allow room for the audience to share their experiences.
Investigators from the website Tobacco Tactics – part of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath and a partner in the global tobacco industry watchdog STOP - will run a practical session highlighting the industry’s use of deception, bribery and dirty tricks. They will share stories they have worked on to reveal corporate misbehaviour and undermining of national and international regulations. The researchers will discuss different tools used for exposing such practices and how they can collaborate with investigative journalists in the Arab region to shine a light on particular issues in the region. The session will be moderated by Phil Chamberlain, the Managing Editor of Tobacco Tactics, and speakers will be Tobacco Tactics’ Director Andy Rowell, its Monitoring Coordinator Dr Raouf Alebshehy, and the BBC investigative journalist Ahmed El-Shamy.
The problems encountered by investigative journalists in the Arab world are manifold: lack of time, lack of financial resources, isolation, physical threats, legal action, etc. These problems have been further increased by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet investigating the health sector is more necessary than ever. How investigative journalists were able to overcome the many obstacles they faced to produce their investigation in the field of health ? Four of them will share their experience.
Every investigative journalist has great stories. Come share one of the memorable stories you’ve gone through your career. We all learn from those stories and remember each other much more when we hear them. Come share those fantastic stories with your fellow journalists so we can all get a laugh or cry. We’d like for everyone to keep stories to three minutes or less so that we can hear from everyone who has something to share.
This session will introduce a consortium, to be launched in 2021 as a new project entitled "I Will Not Stay Silent" that will give priority to protection of the affected journalism community from sexual exploitation and abuse, fraud and corruption, and abuse of power from any media personnel within the media or social media environment; to work towards preventing this from happening. Facebook journalism, IWFM, WAN IFRA, SAFE IREX and ARIJ will discuss the needs and opportunities to better combat harassement, abuse and misuse of power inside the Arab Media industry.