Bearing Witness to War Crimes: A Conversation with Ali Arkady

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Photo by Ali Arkady / VII. A soldier of the Special Forces Unit of the ERD (Emergency Response Division) aims his rifle at Rashid Al Mani during a night raid in Qabr al-Abed village, Hammam al-Alil, Iraq, on November 22, 2016. Three days later, the photographer Ali Arkady saw his body in a cell at ERD Intelligence Headquarters. He had been tortured and killed, his body left on the ground behind a door with his eyes and mouth open.

Join the Global Reporting Centre for a public lecture by journalist-in-residence, Ali Arkady, on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST. Register for the free online talk here.

When Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady embedded with an elite military unit as they battled ISIS, he thought he was going to document heroics. Instead, he witnessed and photographed some of the most brutal instances of torture and abuse in modern Iraqi history.

What followed was an award-winning series in media organizations around the world — as well as death threats that forced him to flee his home country for good. Arkady was also the target of a disinformation campaign aimed at destroying his credibility and his career.

Join the GRC’s Executive Editor Andrea Crossan in a conversation about the ethics, risks and costs of bearing witness to war crimes.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Global Reporting Centre and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.