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Do No Harm: Witnessing War Crimes in Ukraine, Collecting the Evidence

Mon, October 24, 2022
Lunch Program
Anna Romandash

Based on her experience as an investigative journalist in Ukraine, Anna Romandash explores the role of information framing for understanding the Russian attack on Ukraine and other violent conflicts. With over 25,000 crimes currently under investigation in Ukraine, Romandash will highlight some of the challenges of researching, reporting, verifying real-time testimonials, and data management all while trying to tap international networks for world-wide coverage in real time. The role of social media as a facilitator and impediment will be highlighted alongside important ethical issues about the relationship between accountability and privacy.

Ms. Romandash’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, both at CMC.

Anna Romandash is an award-winning journalist from Ukraine. She was named Media Freedom Ambassador of Ukraine for her human rights and media work and is one of the winners of the European Institute of Mediterranean literary contest for her reporting.

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Anna started writing about the situation in her home country. She has written stories about survivors of Russian-made massacres in Northern Ukraine, the drama of internally displaced people and refugees forced to flee their homes, and volunteers helping others in times of need. She is a part of an investigative team collecting data on human rights violations and crimes against humanity during the Russo-Ukrainian war. 

Interested in audio storytelling and long-reads, Romandash enjoys working on feature stories and reportages which embed and localize the readers in the reality told through the eyes of the protagonists. She is the laureate of the Literary Reportages Award “Samovydets” from the Tempora Publishing House as her stories were named among the best reportages in Ukrainian in 2020 and 2021.

Ms. Romandash’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, both at CMC.

 

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