'The Borneo Case'
- International Institute of Social Studies
- Start date
Friday 9 Mar 2018, 13:00
- End date
Friday 9 Mar 2018, 16:30
- ISS Aula B
- Spoken Language
Documentary and discussion about illegal logging in Borneo
In The Borneo Case, documentary filmmakers Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams spend five years intimately following the trail of an unlikely group of activists whose aim is to investigate how profits from the illegal logging that has annihilated more than 90% of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest, have been money laundered into property portfolios all around the world.
The group, made up of an exiled tribesman, a historian, an investigative journalist and a flamboyant DJ overcome death threats and intimidation in their efforts to unravel what has been dubbed “the Greatest Environmental Crime in History” (ex British Prime Minister Gordon Brown).
One of the weapons of the group is to start an illegal pirate radio station called Radio Free Sarawak. In a country where the government has complete control of the media, the radio station allows them for the first time to inform the people about what is really going on.
13:00 - Welcome and registration
13:30-14:30 - Film screening The Borneo Case, highlighting the damaging effects of political corruption on the rain-forests and their people.
14:30-15:45 - Discussion facilitated by Dr Helen Hintjens. Forum panelists - Maria Chin Abdullah from Forum on Corruption Malaysia and British investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown
16:00 - Tea and discussion
With the general election around the corner in Malaysia, this is a great opportunity to debate directly with these two key human rights activists about the dire current affairs in Malaysia. What should be done, and what could be done to improve the situation?
Both Maria and Clare are at the fore-front of change in Malaysia - Maria in her role as Chairperson of the 'pro-democracy NGO 'Bersih', and Clare as the investigative journalist who unearthed the unsavory truths of the 1MBD scandal, rocking the world-press, through her news-site www.sarawakreport.org/.
Hear their stories and participate in this unique forum!
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