Bearing Witness to War Crimes: A Conversation with Ali Arkady

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January 25, 2022
15:00–16:30PM EST

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Photo by Ali Arkady / VII from his series "Kissing Death."

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.

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.

Ali Arkady

Ali Arkady

Ali Arkady (b. 1982) is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker from Iraq. In 2009, Ali joined Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency, and in 2014, he joined VII Photo Agency as part of the VII Mentor Program. In 2017, Ali had to flee Iraq with his family when his life was threatened after photographing Iraqi armed forces committing war crimes. He sought refuge in Europe, where he was granted asylum and has subsequently built a new life.
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