In ‘The Afghan Files’, Dan Oakes, senior reporter with the ABC Investigations team, exposed serious allegations of war crimes committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. Dan and Editor of The Saturday Paper Maddison Connaughton explore the concept of ‘freedom to read, freedom to write, freedom to speak’ in this instalment of Sydney PEN’s Free Voices series. They discuss the ongoing threats to press freedom and what we as citizens can do to fight back.

This event is a fundraiser for Sydney PEN. A share of each ticket price goes directly to PEN International’s work.

Dan Oakes (Australian)

Dan Oakes

Dan Oakes is a reporter with the ABC’s investigative reporting team. He has reported on a number of subject areas, including alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, and was the subject of a two-year Australian Federal Police investigation over his 2017 story ‘The Afghan Files’.

Maddison Connaughton (Australian)

Maddison Connaughton

Maddison Connaughton is Editor of The Saturday Paper. She was previously features editor at VICE, and has written for publications including Vox, The Age and The Australian. She is a former finalist for the Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year.