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2016 Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture

When: Tuesday, 08 November 2016 - Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
Auditorium 3, Wits Science Stadium
Start time:16:30

Cost: Open to the public

‘If we give up, this world will deteriorate." - Investigative journalist Bob Rugurika will deliver this year's lecture.

Investigative journalist Bob RugurikaAs a student at Wits, Carlos Cardoso was deported to Mozambique in 1974 because of his support for the Frelimo government. He became a journalist, and while investigating political and financial fraud, he was assassinated in Maputo on 22 November 2000.

Bob Rugurika (38) is an investigative journalist and the director of the private and independent radio station Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) in Burundi. It frequently broadcasts information viewed as critical of the government, including detailed accounts of alleged human rights abuses and financial scandals.

The most recent investigation looked into the murder of three Italian nuns. The station broadcasted an interview in which a guest claimed to be involved in the murder of the nuns and implicated several intelligence and police officers in the murders. After refusing to say where the guest was located, Rugurika was arrested on January 19, 2015 and held for one month. He was charged with complicity in murder and breach of public solidarity. Rugurika was forced into exile after his release and continues to work as a journalist from Rwanda.

In the past years, Burundi has seen a shrinking media space, coupled with a government crackdown on the independent press. Rugurika's arrest forms part of a pattern of government attacks on freedom of expression, particularly targeting journalists, activists, and members of political parties.

More about the 2016 Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture.

African Investigative Journalism Conference

African Investigative Journalism Conference

The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture is part of the prestigious African Investigative Journalism Conference, organized by the Journalism Programme of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It is Africa's premier investigative journalism conference. The conference gives African and international investigative journalists an opportunity to learn new skills, hear about the top investigative stories and share experience.

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