April 2023 Newsletter: Perugia festival, 1MDB whistleblower’s new book, World Press Freedom Day
A note from Executive Director Delphine Halgand-Mishra
This Wednesday, May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. Through my life and my career, this day has become more and more important to me. And to be honest, it’s also quite emotional.
This day reminds me of when I was U.S. Director of Reporters without Borders, and I first met Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian after working for months with his family and the Post to obtain his release from Iran. It also reminds me of American journalist Austin Tice who is still detained in Syria, and Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower I campaigned for to obtain his release. For me, press freedom lives through dozens of amazing reporters and whistleblowers I have worked with and/or supported.
At The Signals Network, we support journalists’ sources who risk their lives to tell the truth and inform the public for the sake of fairness, democracy and a better world. Without ensuring the freedom of whistleblowers to speak out, many stories would never be reported and many powerful institutions might never be held accountable.
In case you missed it: TSN, whistleblowers speak at International Journalism Festival
Twitter whistleblower Anika Navaroli, Uber whistleblower Mark MacGann, LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour and investigative journalist Frederik Obermaier spoke on a panel moderated by TSN Executive Director Delphine Halgand-Mishra on April 20 at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.
The panel was titled “To go public or not go public? Behind a whistleblower’s personal decision process.” It was intended to help the audience of journalists better understand how to work with whistleblowers.
France Culture, a major public radio channel of Radio France, featured The Signals Network yesterday, as well as several of the whistleblowers we support. The piece focused on the whistleblower’s decision to go public, the theme of a TSN-hosted panel at the International Journalism Festival.
Family who exposed 1MDB scandal publishes book about whistleblowing journey
Laura Justo and Xavier Justo, the family who blew the whistle on the embezzlement of more than $3.5 billion from a strategic development fund known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad, have published a book about their journey: “Rendezvous with Injustice: How a family survived hell after blowing the whistle on the 1MDB financial scandal.”