Across the world, journalists are under greater threat than at any point in the last decade, with the rise of authoritarianism and internet censorship redoubling pressures on reporters. In conversation with ABC’s Sophie McNeill, three uniquely placed foreign writers and journalists share their perspectives on the struggles and costs of reporting the truth and exposing lies under corrupt and oppressive governments. Featuring Mexican reporter and author Anabel Hernández, Iraqi-American writer Dunya Mikhail and Turkish journalist and author Ece Temelkuran.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Ece Temelkuran is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Anabel Hernández (International)

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Anabel Hernández is a lead investigative journalist based in Mexico. For the last fifteen years Anabel has focused on investigating drug trafficking cartels in México, and the Mexican government's corruption and abuse of power. Anabel is the author of six books including Narcoland: The Mexican drug lords and their godfathers which exposed the deep complicity between drug cartels, Mexican businessmen and public officials at the highest level. After its publication, Anabel, along with her family and sources, received a series of attacks and acts of intimidation, which so far have gone unpunished. She has written for The Guardian, Le Monde, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Internazionale, Reforma, Proceso, Univision and Telemundo. Her investigations into drug trafficking and corruption have been referenced by media organisations around the world including: BBC, The New Yorker, CNN, Aljazeera, and NBC.

Ece Temelkuran (International)

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Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey's best-known novelists and political commentators, and her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She has been twice recognised as Turkey's most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with 3 million Twitter followers). Her recent novel Women Who Blow on Knots won the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award and her new book is How to Lose a Country, a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe.

Dunya Mikhail (International)

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Dunya Mikhail worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer before she was forced to flee Iraq. Her poetry collection The War Works Hard was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Her latest work is The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the compelling story of how an Iraqi beekeeper saved the lives of Yazidi women sold into slavery by Isis. Dunya has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.

Sophie McNeill (Australian)

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Sophie McNeill is the ABC's former Middle East correspondent. She has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and has won three Walkleys for her reporting. Her work has highlighted the killing of five children in Afghanistan by Australian Special Forces soldiers, children starving to death in Syria and alleged war crimes committed by the Saudi coalition in Yemen. Sophie’s first book We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know will be published in mid 2019.