‘Panorama’ correspondent to talk about mental asylums, truth in reporting

Hilary Andersson

Hilary Andersson, correspondent for BBC’s investigative TV show “Panorama,” will speak at Yale on Wednesday, Nov. 15, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Andersson will speak at two public events. The first is a screening of “Bedlam Behind Bars,” an episode of “Panorama” in which Andersson investigates the question: Are America’s new mental asylums its prisons and jails? The screening, which is part of Yale Law School’s Visual Law Project, will take place at 3 p.m. in Rm. 122 of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

Andersson will then participate in a discussion titled “Paths to Truth in the Post Fact Era” with Yale World Fellow Belabbès Benkredda, who runs an online debate platform in 11 Arab countries. The conversation, which will feature a Q&A open to all guests, will take place at 5 p.m. at Pauli Murray College, 130 Prospect Street.

In over 20 years with the BBC, Andersson has reported from Africa, the Middle East, and America as an award-winning staff correspondent. Her “Panorama” films have investigated torture camps in Zimbabwe, President George W. Bush’s attempts to hide the science of global warming, and China’s support to Sudan’s government in the Darfur region, among many other topics.

Andersson has reported from countries including Lagos, Jerusalem, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where she embedded with the British Divisional Command. In 1991 she published a book, “Mozambique: A War Against the People.” Her work has earned several awards, including the Peabody Award and the Banff best documentary award.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Bernard Avishai, Nancy Youssef, and Scott Anderson.

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