A Perfect Storm Panel

A Perfect Storm: How do we decide which disasters to cover?

Thursday 12 October | 6-9pm

6.30pm: How do we decide which disasters to cover?
The floods in Texas and former British Carribbean territories received so much more coverage than the floods in Asia which killed at least 1200. In Sierra Leone in August, a landslide caused by heavy rains killed 400 in a matter of minutes, and up to 1000 are still missing. Its one of Africa’s worst natural disaster for decades – but was barely reported. Is our Western bias causing us to miss stories of global importance?

The panel:
Krishnan Guru-Murthy (chair), Presenter at Channel 4 News
Julie Hulme, Director of Newsgathering at ITV News
Jonathan Levy, Director of Newsgathering at Sky News
James Stephenson, Editor at BBC News
Nicola Peckett, Director of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee

7.30pm: Preview Screening of Unreported World: Africa’s Perfect Storm 
In a summer of hurricanes and floods around the world, the incident that has taken most lives has been little reported. On 14 August, torrential rain triggered a huge mudslide that destroyed the small town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, killing over 1000 people. Reporter Seyi Rhodes investigates the causes and devastating results of this natural disaster, providing a moving, first-hand perspective from the people themselves who’ve had their families and homes torn apart.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with presenter Seyi Rhodes and director Jamie Welham.

Thursday 12 October

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start
6.30pm – Panel discussion
7.30pm – Unreported World preview screening
8pm – Q&A with presenter Seyi Rhodes and director Jamie Whelan
8.30pm – Drinks reception

Channel 4
124-126 Horseferry Rd

This is a free event but you must register in advance as we have limited spaces available.  Please let us know if you have any access requirements

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