The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) has opened registrations for the largest journalism meeting in Latin America. The 16th International Congress of Investigative Journalism will be held online over seven days – from Monday, August 23, to Sunday, August 29, 2021. The event features more than 150 guest speakers – including 17 foreigners from four continents – Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Click here to register.
Held annually since 2005, the Abraji Congress set an attendance record with more than 10,000 subscribers in 2020. Two satellite events are part of the program: the VIII Research Seminar – discussing academic research on investigative journalism – and the 3rd Data Sunday, a marathon of data journalism courses. Participants must register for the two events separately. Click here for Saturday and here for Sunday.
The guest speakers from the United States include Julie Brown, Neil Brown, Cade Metz, Raney Aronson-Rath, Sean Sposito, Viktorya Vilk, and Garrett Therolf. Moreover, Colombia, India, England, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Kenya, and Venezuela are also represented here by the following respective guests: Nathan Jaccard, Neha Dexit and Vidya Krishnan, Paul Bradshaw, Alejandra Ibarra Chaou, Hannah Ajakaiye, Zaffar Abbas, Milagros Salazar, Catherine Gicheru, and Giancarlo Fiorella. To find out who they are and the work they do, click on this special report. Other nine guests from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua, Spain, Hong Kong, and the United States may confirm their participation in the coming days.
A black woman and an indigenous woman will be Abraji’s honorees of the event. Elaíze Farias and Kátia Brasil, co-founders of the Amazônia Real website, based in Manaus, have become a symbol of independent journalism.
The Abraji’s board sought greater diversity in the workshops, lectures, and panels to share investigative reporting experiences and defend press freedom.
“We are trying to turn our attention to the long-term issue of the climate emergency, which requires immediate action to guarantee the future of humanity – but at the same time keeping the challenges of public health and politics in mind. In addition, as always, we are going to learn from reporters who published the main scoops in large and small Brazilian newsrooms in the last year,” says Marcelo Träsel, President of Abraji.
The central themes of the 16th edition are attacks on the press, business models and sustainability, judicial harassment, digital security, the environment, risks to democracy, racism, pandemics, and misinformation.
Carried out online to ensure quality, safety, and tranquility for guests and participants, the event will feature pre-recorded and live sessions.
Abraji will issue certificates for those attending at least 70% of the sessions. The content will be available for 30 days, and whoever signed up can print their certificate once the minimum participation percentage is reached.
Among the Brazilian guest speakers, two prominent names stand out: digital communicator and youtuber Felipe Neto and Senator Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL), the rapporteur on the Covid's senate probe, who will be interviewed by Flávia Oliveira (GloboNews). The high-impact scoops in the last year will also be addressed. The names of Breno Pires (the “Tratoraço” case), Guilherme Amado (the scoop on Abin), Andrea Dip and Thiago Domenici (the case of Samuel Klein), and Juliana Dal Piva (“The Secret Life of Jair” podcast) are confirmed.
The 16th International Congress of Investigative Journalism is sponsored by the Facebook Journalism Project, Google News Initiative, Grupo Globo, and Luminate, in addition to Agência Lupa, Artigo 19, CNN Brasil, Folha de S. Paulo, International News Safety Institute (INSI), Itaú, Metropolis, O Estado de S.Paulo, Poder360, Trust Project, Twitter, and UOL. The event will have media support from CBN, Correio (BA), GloboNews, Grupo RBS, and piauí magazine.
16th International Congress of Investigative Journalism
August 23-29, 2021
Register at congresso.abraji.org.br
Photo: Kátia Brasil and Elaíze Farias, founders of Amazônia Real and the honorees of the 16th Abraji Congress. Alberto César Araújo/Amazônia Real/2021