Sat, 09 Nov | Darlington

Investigative Journalism

Is truth now a permanent casualty? As war looms, hear two of the most distinguished investigative journalists speak about this most pressing topic.
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Time & Location

09 Nov 2002, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
Darlington, Darlington NSW 2008, Australia

About the Event

The Evatt Foundation proudly presents a pre-dinner public seminar on:

The Death of Investigative Journalism and Who Killed It? Featuring Phillip Knightley with Chris Masters

"The age of the war correspondent as hero is clearly over", concluded Phillip Knightley in the recent edition of his classic study, The First Casualty. As the world awaits war, governments, their spin doctors, propagandists and military commanders will intensify their focus on controlling the media. History suggests that lies, manipulation, news management, distortion, omission, slant and gullible coverage will be the order of the day.

Meanwhile, newspaper circulations are declining all over the western world, viewing figures for news and current affairs are down and there is general public contempt for journalists. It is an extraordinary fact that, of the eleven million 'well educated' adults in Britain, about one third do not read ANY daily newspaper whatsoever.

What and who decides our news values? Is the media, particularly TV, in the business of the mass production of ignorance? Is it possible that the more TV news we watch, the less we know?

Everybody who has had anything to do with the media - either as a producer or a consumer - has been aware for some time now that something big has been going on in the information industry, a sea change as deep and as radical as the arrival of the new technology in the 1980s.

You are invited

To consider the state of news and current affairs reporting, in the first of our events for 2003, you are invited to a special Evatt Foundation sunset seminar featuring renowned investigative journalists Phillip Knightley and Chris Masters.

Chris Masters will offer his reflections on the topic and introduce Phillip Knightley to present the main address, after which there will be time for comments, questions and answers. We have scheduled the seminar for 6 pm to 7.30 pm so as to complement your other Saturday evening plans.

This is a unique opportunity to hear two of the most distinguished practitioners of investigative journalism speak about a most pressing topic for the future of Australian politics, culture and society.

How to book your tickets

Seats are definitely limited. Book by phoning (02) 9385 2966 or faxing (02) 9385 2967 with your credit card details. If you have any queries, please contact the Evatt Foundation.

Bookings can also be made directly through the Seymour Centre (box office: telephone 9351 7940; open 9.30am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday).

Please note that the concessions for Evatt and MEAA members are ONLY available from the Evatt Foundation and will NOT be available through the box office on Saturday night. If you wish to take advantage of your Evatt or MEAA membership, you MUST book your tickets through the Evatt Foundation in advance.

About the speakers Phillip Knightley

Phillip Knightley was born in Australia and headed for Fleet Street in the early 1950s. The author of ten books and one of the world's most distinguished investigative journalists, he was a special correspondent for the Sunday Times for twenty years and a leader of its celebrated Insight team of investigative reporters. A multi-award winning journalist and writer, and the author of the classic work The First Casualty: A History of War, Correspondents and Propaganda (revised edition, Prion 2000), he uncovered the Kim Philby spy scandal and played a central role in exposing both the 1963 Profumo sex scandal and the thalidomide birth defects. He is one of only two journalists to have been twice named journalist of the year in the British Press Awards. Among his other awards are Granada Reporter of the Year (1982), the Chef and Brewer Crime Writers' Award (1983), and the Overseas Press Club of America Award for the best book on foreign affairs (1975, for The First Casualty). Phillip Knightley's latest book is Australia: A Biography of a Nation (Random House 2000), and he currently serves as the European representative on the advisory committee of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Read his recent - and widely acknowledged - article on the deep patterns behind the UK's high level involvement in the current international-American crisis on the Evatt site: "A history lesson on Iraq: The roots of revolt".

Chris Masters

Chris Masters is the most experienced reporter on Australia's leading current affairs television program, Four Corners, where his first program was the landmark report, "The Big League" (1983). He won a Gold Walkley award in 1985 for an internationally exclusive investigation of the French secret service's sinking of the Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, although he is perhaps better known for his 1987 investigation, "The Moonlight State", which triggered the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption. His book detailing the making of many of these programs, Inside Story, was published in 1991. Through the 1990s he won more awards, including a Logie for his account of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and a Walkley for a report on the Bosnia conflict. Awarded a Public Service Medal in 1999, Chris Masters' new book, Not For Publication, was released by ABC Books in 2002.

The seminar will be chaired by Bruce Childs, President of the Evatt Foundation. This event is supported by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).

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