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Friday, June 2 • 14:45 - 16:00
Working on labour rights? How to research closed groups

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Countless breaches of trust have left exploited workers disillusioned and suspicious. When journalists reach out to them in order to report on their suffering, these workers can be hard to reach, and their distrust has to be surmounted. Their jobs and their future, their safety or the safety of their families, and even their lives may depend on them laying low. How can we get in touch and build trust with these people or groups? How can we report on their situation without putting them in danger? How can we gain access to their closed groups or networks? We hear from three experienced journalists who used very different methods as they researched working conditions across Europe. They will share examples of how they managed to gain access to those closed groups, and their experiences on what should not be done under any circumstances.

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Hazel Sheffield

Arena Academy co-ordinator, Arena for Journalism
In 2020, Hazel co-ordinated the cross-border investigation Money to Burn, which revealed that Europe's renewable energy subsidies were inadvertently fuelling the destruction of ancient forests in Estonia. Today she is coordinating the education and training arm for Arena for Journalism... Read More →

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Emiliano Mellino

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
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Apolena Rychlíková

Deník Alarm, z.ú.
Apolena Rychlíková is an award-winning Czech journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her work focuses on issues of social inequality, labour and the labour market, gender, the position of minorities, housing, and she is also a political commentator and analyst. Her investigative work... Read More →
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Stavros Malichudis

Reporter, Solomon

Friday June 2, 2023 14:45 - 16:00 CEST