The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Source and the Surveillance: Annika Smethurst on Committing Acts of Journalism.

In June 2019 federal police raided NewsCorp journalist Annika Smethurt’s home and seized material for her story about government plans to increase surveillance of the Australian people. All charges against Smethurst have since been dropped; the raid appears to have been a naked attempt to uncover her source. In association with the 4th CIJ Logan Symposium, Smethurst talks about her experience and its implications for journalists everywhere to the Director of the CIJ James Harkin.

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Annika Smethurst

Annika Smethurst is the National Political Editor for the Sunday News Corp mastheads in Australia. She began her career in Bendigo before she was selected for a cadetship with the Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne.

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.
  • 11 July 2020 10.00–11.15
Location: Live stream on CIJ Youtube channel
All levels
This event will be recorded
26 May 2020

Reporting and The Surveillance State

Richard Norton-Taylor, veteran, much-garlanded national security reporter and author of The State of Secrecy: Spies and the Media in Britain, came (virtually) to the CIJ for an informal conversation with CIJ Director James Harkin about his experience as a reporter for the Guardian and the challenges faced by investigative journalists, the development of the national security state and the pace of its surveillance apparatus, and, after his pioneering work on verbatim theatre, the crucial importance of new kinds of documentary storytelling.

3 June 2019

Karoline Kan: Chinese millennials, new media and the surveillance effect

How do Chinese young people use new media like WeChat and Baidu and how has it changed their lives and relationships? Amid censorship, blocking and the advanced Chinese surveillance state, how much can they trust it and how does surveillance change their behaviour?

5 February 2019

The death of Khashoggi and the reach of surveillance regimes

What can the death of Jamal Khashoggi tell us about the sophisticated machinery of surveillance in the Gulf, Turkey and beyond? David Kirkpatrick, who investigated the Khashoggi case for The New York Times, in conversation with Matthew Hedges.