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GFMD Webinar: Use of FOI laws in investigative reporting

20 February 2018

UPDATED Feb. 28.

On March 13 at 16:00 CET, GFMD will be holding its last webinar on the SDG16 commitment to public access to information and national media use of ATI/FOI laws in investigative reporting. This last instalment of the 4-part series will be a talk with three investigative journalists from Pakistan, Jordan and Kosovo respectively about how FOI laws have been used in their work.

The webinars are part of an IPDC-funded project to raise awareness regionally of Sustainable Development Goal 16.10 “to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements."

The expert panel is composed of:

Rehmat Mehsud, an Investigative Journalism Fellow with the Pakistan Press Foundation, and previously a reporter and contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal and freelance journalist for The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor, Times of London and The Diplomat Magazine. Rehmat will be talking about his experience using FOI laws to write the story War on Terror and its Impact on a New Generation.

Carole Kerbage, an award-winning journalist and MENA Desk Editor at ARIJ. Before joining ARIJ, Carole was a research consultant at the International Labour Organization's regional offices in the Arab states. She has also provided freelance journalism work to several Arabic newspapers.

Lawrence Marzouk is an award-winning journalist and BIRN editor. Before joining BIRN Lawrence was editor of Pristina Insight and helped launch the investigative journalism portal Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove. He is also the author of Follow the Paper Trail, a guide to document-based investigative journalism in Kosovo. Lawrence will be sharing his experiences using FOI laws for Making a Killing, a joint story between BIRN and OCCRP. The investigation uncovered an arms pipeline between Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East worth €1.2 billion. 

The webinar will be moderated by GFMD’s UN representative Bill Orme, a veteran journalist, former Head of External Communications at UNDP, and former Executive Director of CPJ. Bill is currently spearheading efforts to secure Consultative Status for GFMD at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

To join us and participate in what will be an insightful and purpose-driven conversation with fellow professionals and minds in the field, follow the link .

Full recordings of our previous webinars in the series on Access to Information in Latin America are available here .


We look forward to welcoming you to the webinar