JASON Institute for Peace and Security Studies has always been committed to providing balanced information in the field of peace and justice security issues. In recent history, events such as the MH17 disaster in Ukraine, the Syrian civil war and the war in Eastern Ukraine have been frequently highlighted in global news. Even though these events were and remain highly complex matters, investigative journalism based on fact-checking and open-source intelligence have offered clarity in these troubled times.
An organisation that can be seen as one of the front-runners of this type of investigative journalism is Bellingcat. This collective of citizen investigative journalism, which focuses on open-source intelligence and fact-checking has been awarded the Machiavelli prize in 2019. It was awarded this prize thanks to its ‘innovative method of investigative journalism, which time and time again proofs to reveal groundbreaking revelations’. Bellingcat uses both professional and civilian journalists to do research on peace and security issues all over the world. In recent years Bellingcat has investigated issues such as the Skripal poisoning, the civil war in Yemen and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Bellingcat thus shows that in an age where information is up for grabs, complex security matters can be clarified through the effort of skilled individuals.
During the event, which will take place on the 30th of January, the JASON Institute will first host a viewing of a documentary in which Bellingcat takes the central stage. Often working more effectively than official authorities, Bellingcat might offer a good alternative to modern investigative journalism. After this viewing, some experts from Bellingcat will talk about the work they have done for Bellingcat and share their views on modern journalism and the use of open-source intelligence.
> When? January 30, 2020
> Time? 19:00-22:00 hrs (Walk-in 18:30), drinks afterward
> Where? Wijnhaven, Room 3.60 (Leiden University Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs).