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Talk. A Life Undercover: Tales from an Investigative Reporter with Iain Overton

  • The Albany 240 Great Portland Street London, England, W1W 5QU United Kingdom (map)

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author.

Speaker Iain Overton is a writer and investigative journalist who has worked in over eighty countries around the world. As a filmmaker Iain has made films for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera, as well as working with the Guardian, the Independent and The Sunday Times. His undercover journalism has been awarded with a Peabody Award (the Broadcaster’s Pulitzer), two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland.

For the past two decades, investigative journalist and author Iain Overton has been reporting on some of the hardest human rights abuses there are. From going undercover to expose child prostitution in India, to infiltrating Triad smuggling gangs, he has risked his life on numerous occasions to reveal hidden criminal worlds to the public gaze. In this talk - "A Life Undercover: Tales from an Investigative Reporter” - Overton will recount how he was almost shot exposing a Turkish mobster, how he and his crew were sent death threats after revealing the inner workings of the Scottish Mafia, and how he grabbed national headlines when he exposed the ‘dirty tricks’ of one of Britain’s largest Public Relations firms.

In this talk, Overton will reveal what it takes to work as an undercover journalist and what you must do to make sure that your work remains ethical and justifiable. With anecdotes spanning over 30 undercover sting operations, he will show how undercover reporting is a necessary tool to expose corruption and criminality - even at the highest levels of British political life - and will give you insider knowledge of how to go about running an ethical expose.

Iain Overton was also the founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Today he runs the human rights investigative charity Action on Armed Violence and writes extensively. His first book, "Gun Baby Gun" - an expose of the worldwide trade in guns - was shortlisted for a Golden Dagger Award. He is currently writing his second book - a history of the suicide bomber called ’The Price of Paradise.’

Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door.