Open lecture by a former intelligence officer.


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The Centre for Media Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga with cooperation partners…

Re:Baltica and Delna invites you and members of your organization to a public lecture

Whistleblowing is the new rock and roll!

September 12, 17:00 – 19:00
SSE Riga, Strelnieku iela 4a, W32 Auditorium

In the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures, former MI5 intelligence officer and whistleblower, Annie Machon, will talk about her experiences, explain how the intelligence agencies exert control over the media, and also suggest tips for protecting whistleblowers in this hi-tech surveillance world.

What would you do if you got that fateful message saying, “I work in intelligence and I want to blow the whistle…”?

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK’s MI5 in the 1990s, before leaving to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the British spy agencies.

She had to go on the run around Europe, live in France for three years and her partner and colleague went to prison twice for exposing spy crimes.
She is now a writer, media commentator, political campaigner, and international public speaker on a variety of related issues: the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, and the war on the internet.

Inese Voika, Chair of the Board, Transparency International Latvia, will give an introduction and present: “Alternative to Silence: Whistleblowing for Change”.
Whistleblower protection is the key to ensuring that whistleblowers are shielded from retribution and have trustworthy channels to disclose information about wrongdoings – all toward parlaying their disclosures into positive change.

How can we advance their efforts to provide citizens everywhere with safe alternatives to silence?

Please apply online at

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