Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and a novelist whose work appears in Der Spiegel, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He covered the 2011 trial of ten Somali pirates in Europe for Spiegel Online, then traveled to Somalia in early 2012, where he was kidnapped and held hostage for two and a half years. His memoir about the ordeal, The Desert and The Sea, is newly published by HarperCollins.

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Many serious reporters now make their living as freelancers, with even less support than they enjoyed before. With mafia states, organised crime, and international jihadism circling the profession, what are the contemporary occupational hazards for independent journalists, and what can be done to protect them?

Pavla Holcova, May Jeong, Laurent Richard, and Michael Scott Moore. Chair: Colin Pereira