The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Opening Session

This is the opening session of this year’s event and includes:

Opening remarks from Richard Logan, President of The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

A Keynote from Hatice Cengiz.

The Opening Plenary session with James Harkin, Edwy Plenel, Jen Robinson and Christophe Deloire.

What does it really mean to be an investigative journalist in the 21st Century, and how is the profession changing? Do the current threats to investigative journalism come from governments and the law, or from elsewhere – terrorists, mafia states, the purveyors of “disinformation” or the big technology companies, and foundations which increasingly fund it? What can we do to make our case to the public, and to keep journalism genuinely independent?

Opening Keynote from Stella Moris.

16 November 2020 – DAY 1 - Opening Session

Richard Logan: Opening Remarks
Hatice Cengiz: Keynote
Opening Plenary: James Harkin, Edwy Plenel, Jen Robinson & Christophe Deloire
Stella Moris: Keynote

Christophe Deloire

Christophe Deloire is a French journalist who has been secretary-general and executive director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 2012. He ran one of the leading French journalism schools, the CFJ, from 2008 to 2012, and was an investigative reporter for the politics and society sections of the French news magazine Le Point from 1998 to 2007.

Edwy Plenel

Edwy Plenel is a French political journalist. He has been a journalist since 1976 and is a former Editor in Chief of Le Monde. He is currently the President and Co-founder of Mediapart, an independent web-based investigative journal created in 2008.

Hatice Cengiz

Hatice Cengiz is a Turkish academic and researcher in middle Eastern studies, and has published academic articles and a book on Gulf Countries. She is the partner of slain Washington Post editorialist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

James Harkin

James Harkin is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. He is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, Prospect and the Guardian.

Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human rights lawyer and barrister with Doughty Street Chambers in London. Before coming to the Bar, she founded the Bertha Justice Initiative and is Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation in London.

Richard Logan

Richard Logan is President of the Reva & David Logan Foundation, a Chicago-based family foundation that provides strategic grants to support social justice, the arts and investigative journalism both in Chicago and around the world.

Stella Moris

Stella Moris is a South Africa-born human rights lawyer. Stella is the fiancée of Julian Assange and mother of his two children. She is fighting against Julian’s extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • 16 November 2020 10.00–11.30 Time zone: GMT
Time zone: GMT
Location: Main Stage - Online (via Hopin)
Freedom of the press
This event will be recorded