The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

The New Intermediaries

Autumn 2020: The trials of Rui Pinto in Lisbon and Julian Assange in London, at almost exactly the same time and on similar charges, have made even more pressing the question of how to defend the new intermediaries working in and around investigative journalism to challenge power. Some are whistleblowers, some are hacktivists, others are simply concerned citizens; many defy categorisation and end up falling between the cracks of advocacy and the meagre protections afforded by legislation. Provided they are exposing serious wrongdoing, should they be extended the traditional protections afforded to journalists? What is the best way to defend what they do?

16 November 2020 – DAY 1 - The New Intermediaries


Clive Stafford Smith

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve. After graduating from Columbia Law School in New York, Clive spent nine years as a lawyer with the Southern Center for Human Rights working on death penalty cases and other civil rights issues.

William Bourdon

William Bourdon is an International Human Rights lawyer who represents prominent whistleblowers. He’s now leading the defense team for Rui Pinto, the man behind the Football Leaks revelations.
  • 16 November 2020 13.00–14.00 Time zone: GMT
Time zone: GMT
Location: Main Stage - Online (via Hopin)
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