A panel of renowned stirrers, shakers, and trouble makers asks: what have whistleblowers ever done for us?
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What is a whistleblower? Someone who witnesses wrongdoing, usually at work, and discloses it in the public interest. In theory, they are protected by law, but in practice things can get a lot more complicated. Whistleblowers have relied on journalists who can protect their sources, and were instrumental to exposés including Cambridge Analytica, Jimmy Savile, Panama Papers, Wikileaks, Watergate and many more.
This session brings together people from the very heart of this process to throw light on the gains, the difficulties, and what is at stake for future whistleblowers.
Carole Cadwalladr is the investigative journalist who brought the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal to light, and for which she was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, alongside The New York Times reporters. She writes for The Observer and previously for The Daily Telegraph.
Nick Davies is a British investigative journalist and documentary maker. He has been named Reporter of the Year, Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards. His book Flat Earth News exposed journalistic malpractice in the UK and around the globe. Davies uncovered the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and worked on the vast troves of data leaked by two big whistleblowers - Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (via Wikileaks).
Meirion Jones is Investigations Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He won the Daniel Pearl award for his investigation into the dumping of Trafigura’s toxic waste in Africa, the London Press Awards Scoop of the Year for his part in the Jimmy Savile revelations and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his investigation into the ‘fake sheikh’, Mazher Mahmood.
This event is chaired by Tom Giles. Tom is controller of Current Affairs at ITV, responsible for Bafta-winning investigations Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag and America’s War on Abortion, as well as the Emmy winning films Saudi Arabia Uncovered, In Cold Blood and White Right: Meeting the Enemy. Previously he was editor of BBC’s Panorama.
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