May 8: International Festival of Whistleblowing, Dissent and Accountability

May 8: International Festival of Whistleblowing, Dissent and Accountability

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Join us on Saturday 8th May for an enlightening journey into the heart of some of the world’s most grave injustices. Through, art, music, film & theatre as well as practical workshops, panels, interviews and mini-lectures we pause to reflect on how we find out about these injustices, what price was paid for the truth and by whom, how these grave circumstances are understood, spun and reported, and what can be done to facilitate justice.


Which topics will the festival cover? How are these topics selected?


Our aim is to inspire, rejuvenate and refresh all those who contribute and participate. Contributions to the festival cover the law, journalism, technology, psychology, finance, propaganda, social issues and activism, as well as art and music. In addition to respecting the broad themes of the festival, we have tried to spend time with each contributor to understand their passions and interests and then to construct a schedule that is enriching for contributors as well as for participants.


Who will join us on this journey?


Here’s our alphabetical list of confirmed contributors. This list is being refreshed daily. In the next few days, we will also give you a schedule of contributions. In addition to contributions from those listed below, we will also be sharing art, music and more through the day.


  • Mads Andenæs, Lawyer and former chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

  • Diani Barreto, Painter and activist

  • Somerset Bean, Graphic designer

  • Max Blumenthal, Investigative journalist and author

  • Jonathan Cook, Journalist ..