Uncovered Conference Day 1

MARCH, 31 | 13:00 – 18:30

12:30 – 13:00 Registration

Conference Hall

13:00 – 13:20

Opening Ceremony

13:20 – 13:45

Keynote Speech

In her keynote address, Ukrainian journalist Anna Babinets will talk about the resilience of investigative journalists, especially under extreme conditions like those she and her team have faced following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She will also draw on her experience of transitioning from investigating crime and corruption to reporting on war.

13:50 – 14:40

Looking East: Investigating the EU’s “Near Abroad”

Long before Russia invaded Ukraine, investigative journalists had countries on the EU’s eastern flank in their sights. IJ4EU grantees discuss cross-border projects linked to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, along with their experiences since the start of war in Ukraine.


Timothy Large, IJ4EU Programme Manager, International Press Institute


Roman Dobrokhotov, Editor-in-Chief, The Insider

14:40 – 15:10 Coffee Break

15:10 – 16:00

Countering SLAPPs: How to Protect Journalists?

This panel will discuss the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to target and restrict journalists and media workers across Europe, reflecting on the latest developments in the legislative process to protect media freedom.


Charlie Holt, Legal Counsel Campaigns, Greenpeace International


Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19

Flutura Kusari, Senior Legal Advisor, ECPMF

Saranda Ramaj, Investigative journalist, Koha Ditore

16:10 – 17:00

New Donor Strategies: How to Fund Your Investigation?

The world is changing and so are the ways of funding cross-border investigative cross-border investigative journalism. ​This panel discusses new trends and challenges in supporting journalism, including the use of both public and philanthropic money.


Lutz Kinkel, Managing Director, ECPMF


Ebru Akgün

Ekaterina Mandova, Programme Officer, Civitates

IJ4EU Impact Award Ceremony

17:00 – 18:30

Attending jury members:

Attila Mong, Freelance journalist and Europe representative, Committee to Protect Journalists

Not-attending jury members:

Boryana Dzhambazova, Freelance journalist

Press Room – Side Event

13:50 – 14:40

IJ4EU Showcase: Into the Shadows

From dark corners of the web to unlawful mass surveillance, IJ4EU grantees discuss cross-border crime.


Zlatina Siderova, IJ4EU Project Manager, European Journalism Centre


Jelena Prtoric, Croatian freelance journalist

Giacomo Zandonini, Swiss-Italian journalist

Stefano Vergine, Italian investigative journalist

15:10 – 16:00

IJ4EU Showcase: Chasing Environmental Issues

Environmental issues do not stop at national frontiers: IJ4EU grantees showcase their cross-border investigations.


Gürkan Özturan, Media Freedom Rapid Response Project Coordinator, ECMPF


Ludovica Jona Lasinio, Freelance investigative journalist

Stefano Valentino, Freelance entrepreneurial journalist

Rudi Bressa, Freelance environmental journalist

16:10 – 17:10

Fact-Checking in Times of Conflict – Tactics for the Newsroom and Beyond

This one-hour workshop will feature a presentation of the verification toolkit WeVerify, an overview of journalist-led news-literacy project Lie Detectors and discussion of fact-checking needs outside traditional media. Jochen Spangenberg will show how WeVerify’s toolkit can be used for the analysis and verification of digital content. This will be followed by a brief presentation of Lie Detectors’ work, in which journalists teach fact-checking skills to children and teachers. Finally a modern question will be addressed: At a time when facts, opinions and fakes are increasingly hard to tell apart, should fact-checking be a skill for journalists only? What role can and must journalists play outside the newsroom? What opportunities are there for journalists to become active defenders of journalistic truth-seeking? And how can this help in the newsroom?



Jochen Spangenberg, Deputy Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle