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Tuesday, September 22 • 10:00 - 11:15
The Shell Papers: Freedom of Information requests are part of the story

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In April 2019 Platform Authentieke Journalistiek (PAJ) and Follow the Money started the Shell Papers: a joint research project into the ties between the Dutch government and Royal Dutch Shell. At the start of this project PAJ filed a total of 17 FOI requests demanding copies of all Shell-related documents from nine ministries, three provinces and five municipalities. PAJ asked the governing bodies to disclose all their documents related to Shell—the country's largest multinational—from the past fourteen years. They developed an innovative digital tool to engage our readers in this long-term research project: the FOIA-Dashboard. The dashboard proved to be an important strategic asset during the tough negotiations with the Dutch government. In this presentation Bas van Beek and Roger Vleugels will focus on the use of strategy within politically sensitive FOI procedures.

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Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →

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Bas van Beek

Co-founder, Platform Authentieke Journalistiek
Bas holds a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht. His work as an independent journalist during the people’s uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico, instilled in him a lasting passion for independent reporting. His work previously brought him to Mozambique... Read More →

Roger Vleugels

Freedom of information specialist / acting lawyer and lecturer RTI/FOIA/Wob / publisher of the Fringe journal.

Tuesday September 22, 2020 10:00 - 11:15 CEST