Our main strand this year is whistleblowing and we have a strong line-up of keynote speakers:
Friday 15 July
Julian Assange, founder and editor of WikiLeaks will speak about the controversy and tumult when journalists publish leaks – the man who in just a few years has published more secrets and scoops than most newspapers publish in their lifetimes. Embarrassing governments, august institutions and politicians, he has been the subject of death threats, vilifications and personal attacks like no other journalist.
Saturday 16 July
Former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon will look at how the security services use and manipulate the press. This is an exclusive talk with Annie who has not spoken about these specific issues before. She will discuss how journalists are used, stories influenced and information controlled using a system of access and ‘rewards’. Her departure from MI5 was reported round the world and she went on the run across Europe and lived in exile in France for three years.
Sunday 17 July
Former DynCorp officer and US policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac blew the whistle on the UN police who were guilty of sex crimes, forced prostitution and sex slavery. She was fired by the British security firm after amassing evidence against her fellow employees and other police. Her story has been made into a film, The Whistleblower and she has co-authored a book: The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors and One Woman’s Fight For Justice.
These keynote sessions are open to the public, so if you haven’t booked for the summer school but would like to attend these talks you can pay on the door for tickets. Look up the Summer School programme for venue and time details.