The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture: Wa Lone

In 2017, Wa Lone, a journalist in Myanmar for Reuters, was arrested with his colleague Kyaw Soe Oo while reporting on military abuses of the Rohingya people in Rakhine State. Their ordeal included eighteen months in prison; for their investigation, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2019. At the CIJ, Wa Lone discusses their investigation, his time in prison, what it’s like to be a journalist in Myanmar, and how he finds time to write children’s stories as well as investigative journalism.

Wa Lone delivers this year’s Gavin MacFadyen’s Memorial Lecture. He is in conversation with our director James Harkin.

Gavin MacFadyen was CIJ’s founding director. An investigative journalist of courage and integrity, he died in October 2016.
Past Gavin MacFadyen lectures have been delivered by Anabel Hernández, Rana Ayyub, Maria Ressa and Can Dündar.

5 July 2021 – Wa Lone. Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture 2021

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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.

Wa Lone

Wa Lone is a journalist, currently working for Reuters in Toronto bureau, Canada. He has covered a range of in-depth stories in Myanmar, including land grabs by the military and the murder of prominent lawyer Ko Ni, as well as uncovering evidence of killings by soldiers in the country’s northeast.
  • 5 July 2021 15.30–16.30 British Summer Time (GMT+1)
British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Location: Zoom webinar & YouTube Live stream
All levels
Freedom of the press
This event will be recorded