Walkley Media Talk: Truth Under Fire - Objectivity and Aid in Conflict Zones

Past Event

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 6pm to 8pm

Truth Under Fire: Objectivity and Aid in Conflict Zones

Join us for a screening of the new independent documentary film Disaster Capitalism, written and co-produced by independent journalist and author Antony Loewenstein, followed by a discussion about freelancing, war reporting, filmmaking, objectivity in conflict zones, the role of journalism and aid.

Filmmaker Antony Loewenstein says, “Disaster Capitalism challenges the concepts of aid and development in Afghanistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and the US through the lives of local people and my eyes as an investigative journalist.” Disaster Capitalism is directed by Thor Neureiter and co-produced by Media Stockade.


This event is free to attend but you must register.

PLEASE NOTE: The screening must start at 6pm sharp so please arrive and be seated by 5.55pm.

Details about the film + trailer: http://disastercapitalismfilm.com



Monica Attard is currently Head of Journalism Faculty, Macleay College, Sydney and Melbourne. Previously she spent 28 years at the ABC, working across radio and television. She was the ABC’s Russia correspondent at possibly the best time in modern history to be a Russia correspondent. She reported on the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and his peculiar brand of capitalism and democracy, the first Chechen war and she covered civil wars across the old Soviet Union. Four years of covering the revolution left her with just enough energy to pump out a book about the events. In 1994, Monica returned to Australia to present ABC Radio’s PM. In 2001, she created Sunday Profile on ABC Radio, which earned her two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewing. This brought her Walkley count to five, including Gold for excellence in journalism. Monica hosted Media Watch on ABC TV for two years and also received an Order of Australia for services to journalism. She has a law degree and was the creator and former Managing Editor of The Global Mail. Monica has reported for CNN International, been a foreign affairs contributor to the SBS.

Yaara Bou Melhem is an intrepid independent journalist and filmmaker who has worked in the remotest corners of Australia and around the world. She has won two UN Media Peace Awards, a Bronze Medal at the New York Festival, a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award and a Walkley Award for her reporting in Australia, Asia and the MENA region. Yaara was also named the Young Australian Television Journalist of the Year by the Walkley Foundation in 2009 and took the overall award in 2011. She has reported and directed films for Australian and international broadcasters including Al Jazeera English, CNN, SBS TV Australia and ABC Australia. In 2016 she was named the Walkley Freelance Journalist of the Year.

Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist who has written for the Guardian, New York Times, Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy, The Independent, The Nation and many others, author of My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution, Profits of Doom and Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, co-editor of Left Turn and After Zionism, co-writer of For God’s Sake and writer and co-producer of the documentary, Disaster Capitalism. He’s currently working on a book about the global “war on drugs”.

Hugh Riminton is a multiple award-winning journalist, author and former foreign correspondent for Australian TV and CNN. He is also the new presenter of Sunday Extra on RN. He has reported extensively across the wider Middle East. His memoir of nearly 40 years in journalism, “Minefields: A Life In The News Game” was published through Hachette in October 2017.

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