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Join us at our conference, participate in a workshop for digital security, network with practitioners and politicians, and learn about the impressive investigations of the IJ4EU grantees.

We will assess the challenges that investigative journalism faces in Europe today and the conditions – political, legal, and financial – that are necessary for investigative journalism to flourish. Find out why investigative journalism is in everyone’s interest – and how we can protect it in a climate where economic needs and political interference are the new normal.

Two years ago, the European Parliament initiated a special fund to be spent exclusively on cross-border investigative journalism, the #IJ4EU. The grants from this fund, launched by the ECPMF and managed by International Press Institute (IPI), were awarded to twelve transnational teams from across Europe. The UNCOVERED conference will give a stage to grantees to present the results of their work.

The event takes place under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Mr Michael Müller.

Places are limited! Please register and please cancel your registration if you can’t come to free up your seat.
Please note: We will take photos and videos of the speakers and audience, which may be posted on our website and social media channels.
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Thursday, January 31

3:30pm CET

DISCUSS: How to Create an Enabling Environment for Investigative Journalism
What do we need to create and ensure an enabling environment for (cross-border) investigative journalism and free media in Europe?

- how do we create the necessary political conditions, many of which need to be guaranteed by the EU and its member states
- what legal frameworks are in place and where are we lacking legal safety for investigative journalists and whistleblowers
- how can we ensure the physical and psychological safety of investigative journalists
- what other measures need to be taken or can be created?

The panel discussion will be moderated by an investigative journalist and representative of international networks, Margo Smit.

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Margo Smit

ombudsman, GIJN/ICIJ
Margo Smit is news ombudsman since August 1, 2015, overseeing the journalistic output of the Dutch public broadcasters at NPO since january 1, 2017.Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary... Read More →

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Margit Stumpp (tbc)

Spokesperson for Education/Media Politics /Digital Infrastructure, German Bundestag
Margit Stumpp (born 13 April 1963 in Mengen, Upper Swabia) is Member of the German Bundestag for the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) since 2017. For her faction she is spokesperson for education and media politics as well as for digital infrastructure. She studied precision... Read More →
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Jeanny Gering

Project Manager, Dart Center for Journalim and Trauma
Jeanny Gering is Program Manager at Dart Centre Europe and Germany Country Contact. The Dart Centre is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and is dedicated to promoting ethical and innovative approaches to the coverage of trauma and violence... Read More →
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Dr Justin Borg-Barthet

EU law senior lecturer, University of Aberdeen
Justin is a Senior Lecturer in EU law and private international law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Justin's research has focused on the identification of gaps in EU private international law which result in the suppression... Read More →
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Tabea Grzeszyk

Journalist and Founder, Hostwriter
Tabea Grzeszyk is a freelance journalist (German National Radio) and co-founder & CEO of Hostwriter.org, an open-source network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. The platform connects more than 5,400 colleagues from 150+ countries for mutual support and... Read More →

Thursday January 31, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Friday, February 1

11:45am CET

Straight Talking: How to Finance Investigative Journalism
Invest in investigative journalism: How can we finance investigative journalism without compromising the independence of those who are doing the investigating? Dare we bite the hand that feeds?

Are philanthropy and foundations a solution or part of the problem? Where do we need more political will, at the national and the EU level?

We discuss with funding experts, a MEP from Hungary who helped the IJ4Eu grant to come to life and a network of investigative journalists.

Mod: Sanita Jemberga (Re:Baltica)
Speakers: Ides Debruyne (Journalismfund), Benedek Javor (MEP), Elisa Simantke (Investigate Europe)

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Sanita Jemberga

Executive director and editor, Re:Baltica
Sanita is award-winning Latvian investigative journalist who has worked in the press and television since 1996. After the leading Latvian daily newspaper Diena was sold to local oligarchs in 2009, Sanita left and together with others from editorial team became one of the four founders... Read More →

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Ides Debruyne

managing director, Journalismfund Europe
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and managing director of Journalismfund Europe and chair of Scimingo.
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Benedek Javor

MEP/Group of the Greens, European Parliament
As a member of the Hungarian and European Green Party, Benedek Jávor is part of the European Parliament since 2014. He also serves as the Greens' transparency spokespersoon.Benedenk Jávor's work includes promoting the protection of whistleblowers at the European level. He has played... Read More →
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Elisa Simantke

Journalist/Editorial Director, Investigate Europe
Elisa Simantke is the Editorial Director of "Investigate Europe" - an investigative cross-border team with members from all over Europe. IE publishes investigative reports with media partners in up to 18 countries europe-wide. The team is mainly funded through several European foundations... Read More →

Friday February 1, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm CET
Europäisches Haus (European House) Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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