Silverfish Public Talk by Anya Schiffri
GLOBAL MUCKRACKING is now available at Silverfish Books for RM77.90 only)
Topic: 100 Years of
Investigative Journalism from Around the World
Time and Date: 5:30pm on Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Venue: Silverfish Books, 28-1, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100
Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +603-228 448 37 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is an open event. (We expect a good turn out, so please RSVP by email or telephone, to tell us how many will be coming.)
About the speaker
Anya Schiffrin is the editor of the soon to be published (August
2014) book: Global Muckracking -- 100 Years of Investigative
Journalism from Around the World (New Press, 256 pgs, ISBN:
She is the director of the media and communications program at
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
She spent ten years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and
Asia. She is also the editor of Bad News: How America’s Business
Press Missed the Story of the Century and a co-editor, with
Eamon Kircher-Allen, of From Cairo to Wall Street: Voices from
the Global Spring (all published by The New Press). She is
married and lives in New York City.
Ying Chan is journalism professor and director of the Journalism
and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. She has worked
as a journalist in New York City for 23 years and has edited six books
on the media in China.
Anton Harber was founder-editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper
the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian). He is now Caxton
Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand,
Johannesburg, chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute, a board
member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, writes a column
in Business Day, and is the author of several books.
About Anya Schiffri's work
This (Global Muckracking) is
no mere collection of exposés. It is a global look at the
20th-century writers who have dared to uncover stories of injustice
and abuse. (Kirkus Review).
Anya Schiffrin (Media and Communications/Columbia Univ.; editor: Bad
News: How America’s Business Press Missed the Story of the Century,
2011, etc.) literally dug through boxes of articles that
disintegrated in her hands. Many of the included contributors
suffered imprisonment or died at the hands of those they exposed.
“This book is a collection of pieces that launched campaigns,
exposed military atrocities, and called for justice for the
downtrodden and the colonized,” writes the author. Each article
includes an introduction and background information by carefully
chosen journalists or activists well-informed and often deeply
involved in the subject. The articles are especially noteworthy
since the problems are indeed global, from the smallest villages in
Africa to India, Colombia and New Zealand. Over the decades, a host
of different writers have covered the same situations again and
again. Schiffrin shows writings that span the entire 20th century,
examining such situations as labour abuse, which has been evident in
dozens of different locales across the world. Among the other topics
are anti-colonialism, corruption, oil and mining, food shortages and
famine, and military and police. What factors are required for these
exposés to be effective? The author suggests that local interest and
elite support is vital, as well as social movements pushing for
reform; most importantly, wide media coverage brings the situation
to the attention of the world. The collection begins with a 1904
article by E.D. Morel (introduced by Adam Hochschild), and other
important contributors include Robin Hyde, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Alma
Guillermoprieto and Christian Parenti.
The incredible amount of work that Schiffrin put into the selection
of the articles and those who explain them makes this a top-notch
anthology of significant journalism.