SESSION TITTLE: Preserving Privacy in Investigative Journalism: Exploring the Delicate Balance between Public Interest and Privacy Rights
Date: Wednesday 8th November, 2023 Time: 3:12pm-4:45pm (GMT +4)
Moderator: Gayatri Khandhadai |Head of Technology and Human Rights |Resource Centre
Speakers: Mrs Anne Boyer-Donnard, Jean-Luc Mootoosamy, Gabriel Geiger, David Hundeyin, Sonja Smith, Adam Oxford, Latashia Naidoo, Thapelo Ndlovu
In the realm of journalism, the pursuit of truth and the public's right to know often collide with an individual's right to privacy. Investigative journalism, in particular, plays a crucial role in uncovering hidden truths, exposing corruption, and holding the powerful accountable. However, it also raises ethical dilemmas regarding the invasion of privacy. Striking a delicate balance between the public's interest in information and an individual's right to privacy is a challenging task that requires careful consideration. This session aims to delve into the complexities surrounding privacy in investigative journalism, exploring the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions of this issue.
• To understand the fundamental principles of investigative journalism and its role in promoting transparency and accountability.
• To explore the ethical challenges posed by investigative journalism when it comes to protecting individuals' privacy rights.
• To examine the legal frameworks and guidelines that govern the boundaries of privacy in journalism.
• To discuss case studies that highlight the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists and the consequences of privacy breaches.
• To identify potential strategies and best practices for journalists to uphold privacy rights while fulfilling their responsibilities to the public.
• Definition and purpose of investigative journalism
• Significance of investigative journalism in a democratic society
• The tension between public interest and privacy rights
• The importance of ethical guidelines and professional standards
• Balancing public interest and individual privacy
• Informed consent and protecting vulnerable sources
• Evaluating the harm caused by privacy invasions
• Examination of legal precedents and landmark cases
• Privacy laws and their implications for investigative journalism
• International perspectives on privacy and journalism
• Examination of real-life scenarios involving privacy and investigative journalism
• Discussion of the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists
• Analysis of the impact on individuals and society
• Implementing rigorous fact-checking and verification processes
• Using anonymous sourcing and protecting sources' identities
• Minimizing harm through responsible reporting techniques
• Collaborating with legal experts and ensuring compliance with regulations
• Participants' questions and comments on the topic
• Engaging in an interactive discussion on the challenges and solutions
• Sharing experiences and insights from the field
• Gayatri Khandhadai |Head of Technology and Human Rights |Resource Centre
• Mrs Anne Boyer-Donnard
• Jean-Luc Mootoosamy
• Gabriel Geiger
• David Hundeyin
• Sonja Smith
• Adam Oxford
• Latashia Naidoo
• Thapelo Ndlovu