Christiaan Triebert is a conflict researcher with Bellingcat, a multi-award winning collective that uses online open source information to investigate armed conflicts and corruption.
Among a wide variety of topics, Triebert has especially focused on investigating airstrikes in the Middle East, also in his capacity as geolocation expert for monitoring organisation Airwars.
His digital reconstruction of the Turkish coup d’état attempt won the Innovation Award of the European Press Prize.
Triebert aims to spread Bellingcat’s techniques and tools by giving worldwide digital forensics workshops, including in Iraq, Ukraine, and Colombia.
He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London, and two undergraduate degrees (International Relations, Political Philosophy) from the University of Groningen. Triebert conducted fieldwork in Syria and Iraq, among other countries.
What can journalists and regular citizens do to investigate governments and armed groups who don’t or hardly provide any information about incidents, bombings, tortures or corruption?
A growing number of citizens are pursuing facts themselves.
Bellingcat, an international investigative collective, uses online open source information in combination with digital tools to uncover the facts themselves.
How do they work, and which tools and methods do they use?
In his first presentation, Christiaan Triebert will give a unique insight into Bellingcat, thereby discussing a wide variety of cases showing how the group investigates incidents like the downing of Flight MH17, the failed coup attempt in Turkey, and fact-checking military claims with regards to airstrikes in the Middle East.
Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data.
European media houses, like Axel Springer and Persgroep love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets.
He rarely appears at public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research.
Henk is a member of the investigation team at Bellingcat.
Anuška Delić, is an investigative and data journalist with Slovenia’s main daily newspaper Delo.
She has investigated a variety of issues from asbestos on state-owned train infrastructure and abuses of election campaign law, to Slovenia’s own anabolic steroid king Mihael Karner.
At the end of 2011 she uncovered that leaders of the Slovenian branch of worldwide neo-Nazi organization Blood&Honor were actively involved in the ranks of leading right-wing party. As a direct consequence of her articles, Delić was charged with publishing classified information, charges that were dramatically dropped by state prosecutors minutes before judgement. Subsequently, the Slovenian government changed the article of Criminal Code relating to publication of state secrets.
In 2015 she started The MEPs Project. She gathered journalists representing all 28 EU Member States who filed requests for access to documents of the European Parliament that show how Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) spend the professional allowances they receive on top of their paychecks. Journalists were refused access, and thus filed complaints against the European Parliament with the European Court of Justice. Cases are pending. The group launched its first investigation in May 2017, which revealed how some MEPs abused their allowance, and includes a search facility for readers to check the filings of their local MEP.
In 2015 and 2016 Delić – also a partner of OCCRP – worked on ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation which brought her and more than ten colleagues at Delo the highest journalistic award in Slovenia: the Slovene Association of Journalists’ Watchdog Award for Extraordinary Achievements.
Tamara Causidis – is a freelance journalist and an activist for press freedom. She is the president of the Trade Union of Macedonian Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM).
Causidis began her journalist career in 1988 as a reporter for Macedonian National Radio. She later became a news anchor and editor and in May 2001, joined the South Slavic department of Radio Free Europe. She worked as a correspondent during the ethnic conflict in Macedonia and became a permanent member of the Macedonian department of Radio Free Europe in September 2001. Causidis was also an editor in the Macedonian BIRN office and a producer and editor at ALSAT-M TV, the only bilingual media in Macedonia.
During her career, she became involved in promoting professional standards, human rights and press freedom issues in Macedonia. She was elected President of the Council of Honor at the Macedonian Journalists Association from 2006-2009. She is also a co-author of the Journalism Ethics Manual.
As the president of SSNM, she is involved in promoting professional standards as a precondition for press freedom.
Marija Andjelkovic LL.M. is an anti-traffickingexpert, human rights activist and one of the founders and current president of ASTRA, the first organisation to address the human trafficking issue in Serbia.
Andjelkovic began her career as an activist as project manager atthe NGO SOS Hotline and Centre for Girls in 1998. While working at the Centrewith girls who fell victim to various forms of violence, Andjelkovic was one ofsix women who recognised the presence of human trafficking in Serbia. From theearly 2000s she devoted her career to the development of victim supportmechanisms and appropriate responses to the crime of trafficking on the statelevel.
Over the past 15 years,Andjelkovic has been a trainer at more than 200 workshops, training sessionsand seminars in Serbia and abroad, sharing her anti-trafficking expertise withprofessionals from institutions, professors, social workers, journalists, policeofficers, the UN Peace Corps, judges, prosecutors, NGO representatives andstudents. She also took part in defining the working methodology for the SOShotline for victims of trafficking, founding the Regional NGO ACTA (Anti CorruptionAnti Trafficking Action) and presenting alternative reports to UN committees (2001-date).
As the president of ASTRA, she hasled eight large-scale media campaigns and produced a manual for journalistscreated as a tool for responsible and reliable reporting on trafficking inhuman beings.
She is the author of numerousarticle, manuals and handbooks on the trafficking issue.
Luuk Sengers is an investigative reporter and journalism lecturer
He was a staff writer at national newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands for sixteen years, before he founded his own company in 2005.
Since then he has taught investigative techniques to reporters and other research professionals. He still writes pieces about the environment and sustainability, and he is busy establishing an international website for stories about the transition towards a sustainable society.
Luuk is a board member of the Dutch Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists.
She previously worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM and then for the OSCE Mission to Serbia as Freedom of Media Coordinator. She was a research assistant for DiploFoundation in information society and online freedom of expression issues.
Nevena is a founding member of the International Media Lawyers’ Association.
Nevena graduated from the School of Law at the University of Belgrade in 2002 and holds an MA in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and an LLM in International and European Human Rights from the University of Leeds.
She is currently doing her doctoral studies at the Legal Studies Department of the Central European University. Her thesis is about the liability of ISPs for freedom of expression vis-à-vis copyright and constitutional justification.
Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist. A contributor to the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Scotsman and BBC Radio 4 among others, he has covered stories ranging from Russian presidential elections to the coca wars of Bolivia, for which he was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
His bestselling book, Adrift in Caledonia: Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened, is the story of his 2500-mile journey around Scotland on other people’s boats. It was published by Little Brown and serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme in March 2006.
Eight Men and a Duck, his critically-acclaimed first book, recounts his voyage to Easter Island by reed boat and was published by Abacus in 2003. He is currently working on a new book called Relax or Die: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go, due for publication in 2011.
Born in 1970, Nick grew up near London but moved to Scotland more than 15 years ago. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young son. His obsessions include Six Feet Under, the meaning of existence and things that float.
Before he became a spokesman for the Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) in 2008, he worked as a professional journalist at the newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija in Split, Croatia.
In addition to being a journalist, he was a columnist, deputy editor in chief and chief editor for the correspondence office in Zagreb. He completed his Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.
Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues.
Hundreds of journalists have attended his one-day masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting, in Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India and South Africa.
He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He also makes TV documentaries; he was formerly an on-screen reporter for World In Action. His four books include White Lies (about a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas) and Dark Heart (about poverty in Britain). He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work on failing schools and recently won the award for European Journalism for his work on drugs policy. Flat Earth News, his controversial book exposing falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the news media, was published as a hardback in February 2008 and as a paperback in January 2009. In May 2009, Flat Earth News won the first Bristol Festival of Ideas book award, to be given annually for a book which “presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible.” It is now being translated into Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Dutch, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Chinese. In November 2009, the University of Westminster made him an honorary fellow ‘for services to journalism’.