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Saturday, July 5 • 10:30 - 11:30
Investigative Journalism in the Middle East

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Rana Sabbagh is one of the 15 recently elected members of the new board the Global Investigative Journalism network has established. When running for office she gave the following insight in her work as executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005:

“All investigations we have published have been miracles given the difficulty in accessing information, even on the most basic issues. Society in the Arab region is largely conservative and patriarchal and does not yet have the maturity to look at its problems and try to come to terms with the reality. Media has become so polarized in Egypt and Tunis as well as in most Arab countries where we operate since the so called ‘Arab Spring’. Most chief editors I deal with do not appreciate investigative journalism and are not willing to give their brave journalists some time off to focus on quality journalism. Often they refuse to publish investigations which they initially approved because they do not want to get into trouble with culprits. So often I feel that what ARIJ is doing is like pushing a donkey cart filled with stones up a steep hill and the minute you stop pushing it will derail and roll back. It is difficult, but the good news is that so many brilliant, committed, hard-working and brave journalist that have worked with ARIJ and have used facts and figures as evidence in their investigations, have become role models for other peers and are regaining the long-lost respect to the role of the ‘fourth estate’ – they are no longer officials’ lapdogs but society’s watchdogs.“

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Gabriela Manuli

Deputy Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
Gabriela Manuli, GIJN Deputy Director. A native of Argentina, Gabriela Manuli has been a journalist for more than ten years, working for radio and TV shows, magazines, and newspapers. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the investigative reporting team of Perfil Newspaper in Argentina and covered issues such as migration, human rights, and discrimination in Latin America. She also worked as IJNet’s Spanish Editor and Community Manager. As... Read More →

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Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
Rana Sabbagh, Jordan, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the Amman based media support network promoting investigative journalism in nine Arab countries. In 28 years of professional experience in the Middle East, she has served as editor of the Jordan Times and was the first woman to run a political daily newspaper in the region. She was the former Reuters correspondent in Jordan and... Read More →

Saturday July 5, 2014 10:30 - 11:30
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