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Bellingcat documentary screening with Eliot Higgins

04 Feb 2019
European Parliament, Room A5G1

The documentary "BELLINGCAT - TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD" (88 min) follows the revolutionary rise
of the "citizen investigative journalist" collective known as Bellingcat, a group of online researchers dedicated to exposing the truth of impenetrable news stories from around the world - from the MH17 disaster to the Syrian Civil War to the mysterious poisoning of a  Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

Bellingcat uses cutting-edge digital techniques and crowdsourcing to create a faster, more innovative  approach than traditional research journalism. For the first time, Bellingcat researchers in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the United States have given exclusive access to filmmaker Hans Pool, allowing him to follow the group on their path to demonstrate the power of open source investigation.

In the three years since its inception, Bellingcat has produced a remarkable amount of breaking news while gaining a reputation for trailblazing journalism. For the first time in history, Bellingcat's efforts led the
International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence. Just last year, Dutch member Christiaan Triebert was awarded the European Press Prize for innovative journalism for his reporting on the failed Turkish coup.

In a web of propaganda disguised as truth, what drives Bellingcat forward? What does their success say about how our world has changed in the face of this century's paradigm shifting developments in government, technology and social media?

Join us for a screening of this documentary together with Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins.

16.00-16.15 Introduction by MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE) and Eliot Higgins

16.15–17.45 Documentary

17.45-18.15 Q&A with Eliot Higgins