How to overcome challenges in reporting justice?

On the 20th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) it is time to reflect on the challenges journalists encounter in their daily work, especially when they report on justice-related subjects.

Journalists from Kenya, Afghanistan and Ukraine will share their personal stories and talk about how they cope with the various pressures surrounding justice subjects. How do they strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and their own perspectives, in times of major crimes and wars? And how do they face the pressures from critics, governments or politicians, who’d prefer they didn’t do their jobs?


  • Janet Sankale is a journalist from Kenya working for Journalists for Justice, reporting on international criminal justice and human rights. She warns of the dangers of fake news disinformation.
  • Oksana Kovalenko is a working for the Babel online-newspaper in Ukraine. She describes the day-to-day challenges of working in a war zone and how her work relates to the potential for accountability for war crimes.
  • Hossein Rezaye is an Afghan cartoonist who escaped Kabul with nothing more than clothes and drawing tablet, now in the Netherlands as part of the Shelter City programme for Human Rights Defenders. He will talk about the importance of freedom of expression.

Event moderator is Egle Kruminaite. She is passionate about journalism and astounded by its important role in today’s society. Currently studying at the International Communication Management program at THUAS.

Opening remarks by Martijn Verheus, Dean of the Faculty of Management & Organisation, The Hague University Applied Sciences.

Event is co-organised by The Hague University of Applied SciencesDutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Municipality of the Hague and it will take place at the Aula of De Haagse Hogeshool, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, The Hague.


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