Isabel Hilton – Chair
Isabel Hilton has reported from China, South Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, written and presented several documentaries for BBC radio and television, and has been a writer or editor for The Sunday Times, the Independent and the Guardian. She’s now the founder and CEO of www.chinadialogue.net, an innovative, fully bilingual Chinese English website devoted to building a shared approach on climate change and environmental issues with China.
Iona Craig is a British-Irish freelance investigative journalist. Since 2010 her work has focused on Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Her work from Yemen has won six awards including the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism as well as the 2016 Kurt Schork Memorial Award for international journalism. In 2014 she received the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Frontline Club award for print journalism, for her undercover investigative reporting. In addition to Yemen, Iona has reported from Djibouti, Turkey, Lebanon, Washington DC and the Occupied Territories.
Finlay Dobbie – Treasurer
Finlay Dobbie is an engineering team-lead at Bloomberg, where he works on enabling access to news, data and analytics on mobile platforms. He is a graduate in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London.
Joseph Farrell is a British journalist and editor who has worked for the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, WikiLeaks and is currently heading up the NGO Tenure. He has been a section editor for many important WikiLeaks‘ publications including the Iraq and Afghan War Logs and Cablegate to name but a few. He was a member of the Civil Society Coalition at the WIPO diplomatic conference on a treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities in Marrakesh, Morocco. Farrell regularly appears on TV networks analysing the week’s news headlines.
In 1995, Andy Müller-Maguhn founded the “Datenreisebüro” (‘Data Travel Agency’), that since 2002 has bee based in a Berlin office. Besides hosting an electronic archive, the Datenreisebüro organises workshops which train system administrators in data protection and data security. Andy Müller-Maguhn is a member of the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club. Having been a member since 1986, he was appointed as a spokesman for the club in 1990, and later served on its board until 2012. In an election in autumn 2000, he was voted in as an at-large director of ICANN, which made him jointly responsible with 18 other directors for the worldwide development of guidelines and the decision of structural questions for the internet structure.
Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher. He was a financial researcher for The Mail on Sunday‘s ‘Rich List’ from 2000-2004 and has worked on The Sunday Times‘ ‘Rich List’ since 2005. Martin has written for all the UK’s major newspapers. He started work with Private Eye in 1972 and has worked as a freelance since 1981. He is the author of two books, Nothing to Declare: The Political Corruptions of John Poulson (with Michael Gillard) and The Pornbrokers: The Rise of the Soho Sex Barons.
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London where he runs the research agency Forensic Architecture. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include Forensis (2014) Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (2011), Hollow Land (2007), A Civilian Occupation (2003). He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide, and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors.
Gill is a media law specialist. She currently works in-house as the Director of Editorial Legal Services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers and guardian.co.uk). She advises on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions. In 1987, she escaped from private practice, joining the BBC as an in-house lawyer dealing with pre and post publication and litigation matters. Between 1996/7 she was an in-house lawyer at News Group Newspapers (The Sun & The News of the World) before moving, in 1997, to the College of Law, where she lectured in Civil and Criminal Litigation and Employment. In 2000, she joined Times Newspapers Limited (publishers of The Times and The Sunday Times) as an in-house editorial lawyer. In May 2009, she moved to Guardian News & Media Limited. She was a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Working Group on Libel Reform. She was involved in the Trafigura super injunction case, and has been involved in advising GNM publications on Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and various big data leak stories such as the Panama and Paradise Papers. She also sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal Judge and co-authors the University of Law Employment Law handbook.
Since 2009, she has been a Senior Director for Law and Policy at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation. In this capacity, she has been leading on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and legal work, covering a broad range of freedom of expression issues (e.g. protest, protection of journalists, digital technologies, internet and telecommunication infrastructure, right to information, hate speech and many others). She is also overseeing legal support to ARTICLE 19 offices in Mexico, Brazil, USA, Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kazakhstan and international operations, hence offering not only substantive expertise but also global expertise and experience. Prior to ARTICLE 19, Barbora worked with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development. She also initiated about 50 cases at the European Court of Human Rights on these issues and has published a number of reports and articles on a broad range of human rights.
Becky Gardiner – Board Observer
Becky Gardiner has been a journalist since 1990, working mainly as an editor in both print and digital media. She has held several senior editorial posts, most recently comment editor at the Guardian (2010-14). During her 16 years at the Guardian, she held a number of other posts including deputy editor of G2, education editor, women’s editor, launch editor of the family section and editor of the award-winning comment is free website.