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A scoop for Hamburg as city attracts investigative journalists

More than 1,000 journalists to attend 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference

Pictured: The offices of Die Spiegel

Investigative journalists from around the world are set to meet in Hamburg in 2019.

Germany’s second largest city  won the bid to host the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) - the biggest international conference for investigative journalism.

The bid was backed by Hamburg Convention Bureau. The biennial event, which was launched in 2001, is expected to attract more than 1,000 journalists from 100 countries.

The conference will be split across two central locations: Der Spiegel publishing house and the HafenCity University Hamburg. These riverside venues are located in HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner-city development combining modern architecture with historical UNESCO sites.

The GIJN is an international association of non-profit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. Members chose Hamburg as the host city at the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg in November this year.

Dr. Carsten Brosda, Hamburg’s Senator for Culture and Media, said: “Critical journalism is coming under more and more pressure worldwide. A free society needs critical journalism. The media city of Hamburg does not call itself the Free and Hanseatic City by coincidence. In these difficult times, we are proud to welcome investigative journalists from all the world to GIJC 2019 in Hamburg.”

Julia Stein, CEO of Netzwerk Recherche, the leading network of investigative reporters in Germany, and member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Board of Directors, added: “We are really delighted that members of the Global Network have expressed their trust in us.”

Hamburg is the hub of investigative journalism in Germany and home to well-known and respected newspapers and magazines including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Stern. Hamburg-based media houses include Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Northern German Broadcasting, NDR) and Gruner + Jahr, both long-time partners and hosts of Netzwerk Recherche events.

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