The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and the ICA present Closed Circuit, a series of broadcast discussions on the status of information in the age of digital media.
For the second episode, writer Simon Akam, journalist and editor Joseph Farrell, lawyer Mary Inman, New York Times-bestselling author Tom Mueller, and former assistant to Harvey Weinstein Zelda Perkins discuss the controversial publication of protected information.
Amid crackdowns on whistle-blowers, the increasingly controversial use of NDA’s to control information and the role of radical publishers like Wikileaks in making private information available to the public, where do we draw the line when it comes to the publication of true, but sensitive or potentially damaging information? With a plethora of new tools to make information visible, what are the responsibilities of whistle-blowers, artists and investigators?
Closed Circuit is filmed in front of a studio audience and available to stream live.
The CIJ is an experimental laboratory that teaches reporters new tools alongside the traditional craft of investigative journalism. Established in 2003 by the late investigative journalist and filmmaker Gavin MacFadyen as a response to the worrying decline of investigative reporting, the CIJ incubates promising new investigative projects and opens out investigative journalism into fertile new territory.
Simon Akam is a British writer. He worked at the New York Times and subsequently spent several years in West Africa as a freelance correspondent for Reuters and The Economist. In 2015 Simon was commissioned by Penguin Random House imprint William Heinemann to write a narrative non-fiction book on the post-9/11 evolution of the British Army. Called The Changing of the Guard, the book was due to be published in March 2019. Two months before publication, following external pressures, the publisher demanded that Simon instigate full ‘copy approval’ for his book. Despite the involvement of eight press freedom organisations – including the CIJ, RSF, Index on Censorship, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom – PRH cancelled the book’s publication.
Mary Inman is a partner in Constantine Cannon’s London Office. After 20 years representing whistleblowers in the U.S, she moved to London in July 2017 to launch the firm’s international whistleblower practice. She specialises in representing whistleblowers from the U.K., E.U. and worldwide under the American whistleblower reward programs.
Joseph Farrell is a British journalist and editor who has worked for the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, WikiLeaks and is currently heading up the NGO Tenure. He has been a section editor for many important WikiLeaks' publications including the Iraq and Afghan War Logs and Cablegate to name but a few. He was a member of the Civil Society Coalition at the WIPO diplomatic conference on a treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities in Marrakesh, Morocco. Farrell regularly appears on TV networks analysing the week's news headlines.
Tom Mueller is a New York Times-bestselling author whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere. He has reported from 22 countries on a wide range of topics, with recent emphasis on fraud and institutional corruption. His most recent book is Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud, published by Atlantic Books in the UK and by Penguin Random House in the US. This work, the result of 7 years of research and reporting and over 200 interviews with whistleblowers, traces the rise of whistleblowing as a legal and social phenomenon.
Zelda Perkins is a Theatre Producer for Robert Fox Ltd and a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein. She publicly broke the 20-year silence on her non-disclosure agreement in 2017, facing the risk of legal action to talk about what she faced and its contents. In 2018 and 2019, Perkins testified before parliament to push change in regulation and legislation around such employment contracts and settlement agreements. She is currently campaigning with the Women and Equalities Committee and legal regulatory bodies to change the way NDA’s are structured within the law.