Editor’s note: This webinar has now taken place. You can see the recording on GIJN’s YouTube channel.
The world is witnessing an upsurge in the radical right and ultranationalist political movements. These groups span the globe, ranging from white supremacist and neo-fascist gangs to ethnic nationalists and religious fundamentalists. As we saw in the January 6 siege of the US Congress, some have ties to powerful political figures and can influence the course of national politics. In this globalized world, international ties among these groups are growing — digitally, ideologically, financially — but their networks are poorly understood and investigative journalism in this area is lacking.
In this GIJN webinar, we bring together four senior journalists who have investigated the extremist right in different parts of the world. They will offer tips and tools on how to track and report on organizations and individuals in different contexts, and give guidance on safety.
- Will Carless covers extremism and emerging issues nationwide for USA Today. He was previously an investigative reporter at Reveal and has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and South America. Before that, Carless spent eight years at the Voice of San Diego, where he worked as an investigative reporter and head of investigations, and was awarded several prizes, including a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
- Michael Colborne is a journalist who has written extensively about the radical right. His current work focuses on the far-right in central and eastern Europe, with a special interest in transnational radical right extremism. He has written in detail about the far-right in Ukraine, both as a freelance journalist and as a contributing team member at investigative journalism site Bellingcat.
- Vinod K. Jose is the executive editor of The Caravan, an independent, watchdog media outlet and India’s only narrative journalism magazine. The magazine has covered in-depth the rise of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India’s most powerful right-wing Hindu-nationalist organization. Previously, he was the founding editor of the Malayalam-language publication Free Press.
- Jane Lytvynenko is a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News, where she investigates online disinformation. Her work focuses on analyzing the spread of fake news and the rise of conspiracy theories and global extremism through online platforms using digital tools.
Will Carless will moderate the event.