The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Josie Stewart: Whistleblowing and the British State

In the wake of the chaos surrounding the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Josie Stewart, then a senior official at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, became concerned that the truth was not being told by the government and talked to a journalist. Together with her lawyer Gavin Millar KC, she talks about her decision to turn whistleblower, the consequences, and the issues of legal principle it raises under the UK’s Public Interest Disclosure Act.

Josie Stewart is Director of Transparency International’s Global Defence and Security Programme.

Gavin Millar KC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Gill Phillips is the former Director of Editorial Legal Services at The Guardian and CIJ Trustee.

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Josie Stewart

Josie Stewart is Director of Transparency International Defence and Security. She has previously worked for and with governments, multilateral institutions, development agencies, militaries, law enforcement agencies, civil society, and the private sector, in policy and delivery roles supporting effective and accountable governance.

Gavin Millar KC

Gavin Millar KC is a specialist barrister in all areas of media law. He often represents media outlets, journalists and politicians in both civil and criminal proceedings. He represented the Telegraph Media Group at the Leveson Inquiry and in 2013 advised the Guardian on its coverage of Edward Snowden’s disclosures.

Gill Phillips

Gill Phillips is a lawyer who works as an editorial legal consultant for a number of NGOs and not for profits, advising on a range of content-related matters including defamation, privacy, contempt of court and reporting restrictions.
  • 28 June 2023 16.30–17.30
Location: PSH LG02
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