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Tuesday, October 30 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote: Claire Baldwin - Duterte's War: tracking police killing squads in the Philippines

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A charismatic politician. A president who calls for killings. A man who thinks drug users should die. Meet Rodrigo Duterte. Soon after he was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016 and launched his war on drugs, the bodies started appearing in the streets. Clare and her colleagues won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a brutal series of stories that exposed how the drug war killings - by the Philippine National Police, including a commander surnamed "death" - were executions. Police in countries such as the Philippines operate in a bubble of impunity. Stories can puncture that bubble, but they have to be impossible to contradict. Clare will explain how she and her colleagues built their investigations around official police reports, security camera footage, forensic analysis of photographs, interviews with unexpected experts, Facebook, and, of course, the police themselves - who as one officer told Clare, have "special kill skills."

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Clare Baldwin

Special Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, Hong Kong
Clare Baldwin is a Special Correspondent for Reuters. She won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her work with her colleagues on the Philippine drug war. She has also written about the Myanmar military, cyber thieves, pro-democracy protests, sanction-busting and government... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am SAST
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor