The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

US Protests and the Role of the Media

Whether it’s the storm of false reports and unverified information that appear around protests, the danger faced by reporters on the ground from the police and security forces, or the close relevance of a protest to one’s own experience and personal history, these events can be the most complex and difficult to cover.

In this panel we hear from journalists fresh from struggling with exactly these issues. Montinique Monroe is a photojournalist for whom the protests she’s been covering have an acute personal relevance. Racism and police brutality have tragically been a fixture of her life, including the death of her father at the hands of a white policeman.

Andrea May Sahouri has been on the frontlines of reporting the protests in Iowa for the Des Moines Register, and was both pepper-sprayed and arrested for doing her job.

Craig Silverman is one of the foremost experts on verification and fact-checking. His workload has been increasing exponentially in the Trump era, but spiked even further during the recent protests.

The discussion is hosted by Kofi Smiles, a presenter of BBC No Filter, a programme for and by 18-35 year-olds on BBC Radio Humberside.

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11 July 2020 –


Andrea May Sahouri

Andrea May Sahouri is on the breaking news team at the Des Moines Register covering police, crime, and justice. Andrea was recently arrested and pepper sprayed in Des Moines, Iowa while covering the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world's leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News.

Kofi Smiles

Kofi Smiles is a digital journalist and presenter with the BBC Radio Humberside in the city of Hull. He hosts No Filter, a radio show for and by 18-35s.

Montinique Monroe

Montinique Monroe is a freelance photojournalist based in Austin, Texas, interested in documenting gentrification and displacement, police violence and issues affecting black communities. She discovered her passion for visual storytelling as a student journalist in 2014 while covering the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. It was in Ferguson that Montinique realized the power of telling a story through images and how crucial it is to relaying news.
  • 11 July 2020 18.00–19.15
Location: Live stream on CIJ Youtube channel
All levels
This event will be recorded