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MELBOURNE Screening & Talk - Objectivity and aid in conflict zones

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Macleay College

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Truth under fire: Objectivity and aid in conflict zones

Join us for a screening of the new independent documentary film Disaster Capitalism followed by a discussion about freelancing, war reporting, filmmaking, objectivity in conflict zones, the role of journalism and aid in the media.

Filmmaker Antony Loewenstein says, “Disaster Capitalism challenges the concepts of aid and development in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea 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.

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Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist and filmmaker, Disaster Capitalism

Jewel Topsfield, former Indonesia correspondent, Fairfax Media

Neil McMahon, freelance journalist and educator, Macleay College

Sarah Abo, journalist & presenter, SBS (moderator)


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

This event is free to attend, but you must register.


Meet the speakers:

Sarah Abo reports for SBS World News from SBS’s Melbourne newsroom. She was a 2016 US Presidential Election correspondent, has covered the Syrian refugee crisis from Lebanon for SBS Dateline, traveled to Kabul for Anzac Day in 2016, covered the 2015 COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris, and the 2014 Brazil World Cup for SBS News and SBS Dateline. Sarah was a 2014 CNN Journalism Fellow, spending three weeks at the broadcaster's HQ in Atlanta. Sarah was born in Syria and holds a BA with Honours in Journalism from Monash University.

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”.

Jewel Topsfield was the Indonesia correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald between 2015 and 2018. She is a multiple award winning journalist. In 2016 she won the prestigious $20,000 Lowy Institute Media Award, which recognises journalists who have deepened and enriched the discussion of global issues in Australia. She led the team that won a Walkley Award for its reportage on claims Australian officials paid people smugglers to return a boat of asylum seekers to Indonesia. This also triggered a Senate Inquiry. Jewel has been a journalist with Fairfax Media for 14 years. Prior to being appointed Indonesia correspondent in 2015, she was the education editor of The Age.

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