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BBC High Risk team

The BBC High Risk team facilitates challenging journalism in difficult places and under trying conditions. They aim to help the media operate in some of the most hostile and remote places on the planet. The purpose of the team is to advise and assist BBC staff and contracted freelancers at all levels to get on the ground and conduct journalism. It may be for breaking news, an investigative piece or even for a natural history documentary or science programme. Sally Fitton is a high risk advisor on the team.

Sarah Clarke

International policy and advocacy manager, PEN International

Sarah leads PEN's policy, advocacy and legal work on freedom of expression at the UN, regional human rights mechanisms and national governments. A graduate of Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin, she has co-authored numerous country-specific and thematic reports and articles concerning legal restrictions on free expression, the protection of writers at risk and cultural rights and she regularly lectures on these issues. In recent years, Sarah’s work has focused in particular on the concerns of journalists from Turkey. She led the third party interventions for a coalition of leading international NGOs in the 10 cases of journalists before the European Court of Human Rights and is a trial monitor on the Cumhuriyet and Altan Brothers’ cases. Alongside her work at PEN, she is also a consultant for the UNHCR and UN OHCHR on human rights and forced migration.

Paul Caruana Galizia

Portrait of Paul Caruana GaliziaAdvocate and campaigner

Paul is the youngest of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's three sons. When living with his family in Malta, Paul was witness to the relentless harassment and intimidation his mother experienced, including death threats, arson, and killing the family dogs. In one instance, Paul stopped an arson attack on the family home. Even after Daphne’s assassination the threats haven’t stopped, nor has the information war the Maltese government has waged against the Caruana Galizia family. Paul, his father and brothers continue to fight for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Kieran Guilbert

Portrait of Kieran GuilbertDeputy editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

As deputy editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Kieran also leads its coverage of modern slavery and human trafficking. He has produced several exclusives on the rising number of former child slaves being denied asylum in Britain and erratic development aid spending by the world's top economies, as well as a series on the links between modern technology and human trafficking. The British-Irish journalist previously held the post of west Africa correspondent, based in Senegal, and has covered post-Ebola recovery in Liberia, the Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria and economic migration from Senegal to Europe, for which he was awarded winner of the International Labour Organisation's global media competition 'Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration'.

Prof Jackie Harrison

Professor Jackie HarrisonUNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity

Jackie's lecture for International Journalism Week marks the inauguration of her UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity. Since September 2008 she has chaired the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), a research institute based in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, where she is currently in her second spell as head of department. Jackie joined the department as a lecturer in September 1996 and was appointed Professor of Public Communication in January 2005. She has served as an expert advisor for the European Commission and for several global media companies. Jackie is also a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's Peer Review College.

William Horsley

William HorsleyInternational director, Centre for Freedom of the Media

William Horsley is the international director and co-founder of the University of Sheffield's Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM). After many years as a BBC foreign correspondent reporting widely from Asia and Europe, he now writes on topical issues of media and democracy on the CFOM website, and contributes to international media including the BBC and Al Jazeera. He advises UNESCO and the Council of Europe on their work for press freedom and better protections for journalists' safety. William is also vice-president and UK chair of the Association of European Journalists, a Europe-wide network which campaigns for states to live up to their media freedom commitments. A new edition of his Journalists Safety Guidebook will soon be published by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Nicholas Jones

Nicholas JonesAuthor and journalist

Nicholas Jones was a BBC industrial and political correspondent for 30 years and he writes and lectures on politics and the media. In the aftermath of the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU, he has been examining the way the pro-Brexit press used immigration scare stories. When the leave campaign had such a considerable media advantage, Jones is asking who has held the media proprietors to account and why broadcasters failed to rise to the challenge posed by such a divisive campaign. His books include Soundbites and Spin Doctors (1995), Sultans of Spin (1999), and Trading Information: Leaks, Lies and Tip-offs (2006). His news archive is at

Anne Koch

portrait of Anne KochProgramme director, Global Investigative Journalism Network

Anne worked as a broadcast journalist and executive for more than 20 years, mostly for the BBC, before becoming a director at anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI). Her award-winning career in BBC journalism included service as deputy director of the English World Service and executive editor of the BBC's flagship radio news and current affairs programmes and editor of The World Tonight. She has produced or edited over a hundred documentaries and worked as a producer on BBC Radio 4's investigative journalism programme File on Four. At TI, she served as director of Europe and central Asia, overseeing nearly 50 independent chapters.

Rodney D Sieh

Founder and editor, FrontPageAfrica

Rodney D Sieh is founder and editor of FrontPageAfrica, Liberia's largest independent print and online daily, where ground-breaking reporting has brought down senior government figures and exposed corruption at all levels. In August 2013 he was sentenced to 5,000 years in jail and FrontPageAfrica shut down due to his failure to pay a libel award of $1.5million won by a former government minister who sued him and his paper after the publication of a government audit. A graduate in media studies from Hunter College in New York City, Sieh has won a number of awards including Journalist of the Year and Media House of the Year in Liberia. In 2014, he was named by Reporters Without Borders as one of its 100 'Information Heroes', and FrontPageAfrica the recipient of a TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom.

Albana Shala

Albana Shala portraitChair, UNESCO International Programme for Development of Communication Council

Albana Shala is a media development expert with over 20 years of experience in the field, particularly in eastern Europe and Latin America. She is programme co-ordinator with Free Press Unlimited, a Dutch NGO dedicated to supporting independent media in transition countries and conflict regions. Her areas of expertise include the issues of ethical usage of the internet, safety of journalists, gender equality in and through media, policies on media regulation and media development. Since 2014 she has chaired UNESCO's International Programme for Development of Communication Council. Shala holds a masters degree in development studies from the International Institute of Social Sciences in The Hague.

Helle Sjøvaag

Helle Sjøvaag portraitProfessor of journalism, University of Stavanger

Helle's research areas include digital journalism, media diversity and media systems and regulation. Helle currently leads two grant-funded research projects, on media diversity and on digital information spheres. Helle’s most recent book is the co-edited anthology Journalism Re-examined: Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations: Lessons from Northern Europe, published by Intellect.