The 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC21) launched on Monday with a rallying call for journalists to stand together and fight for democratic accountability.
JNI’s Executive Director Mark Ryan spoke during the plenary session, alongside several top editors from around the world.
The editors spoke of the threats facing journalism: disinformation, public disillusionment with democratic institutions, elected autocrats and authoritarians.
“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters,” said Edwy Plenel, president of Paris-based Mediapart.
“And we are fighting the monsters.”
The editors called for journalists to work together to fight for accountability and justice, by learning news skills and collaborating with educators, civil society organisations and other newsrooms.
Meanwhile, Mark Ryan encouraged participants to attend GIJC22, which will be held in Sydney in October next year.
GIJC21 is co-hosted by JNI and the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).
More than 1,800 editors, reporters and civil leaders, from 148 countries, are registered for the five-day, online conference, including a strong contingent of journalists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
Looking ahead to Day 2
The second day of GIJC21 starts with four sessions from 11:15pm AEDT:
You can see the full schedule here. Videos of the sessions will be available on demand for conference attendees.