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March 11, 2015


Terrorism is the scourge of our times and a threat to our journalistic freedom

With memories of the Martin Place seige and the Charlie Hebdo attacks fresh in our minds, Women in Media is using our first 2015 event to tackle this threat with two-fold determination – we bring you the wisdom of Australia’s pre-eminent female expert in counter-terrorism, plus the launch of a campaign in defence of free journalism.

Our speaker, Curtin University Associate Professor Dr Anne Aly, will discuss with Sky News host Ashleigh Gillon how she has pioneered ways to reach radicalised youth and counter violent extremism. Apart from her internationally-recognised research, Anne is the founder of People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) and leader of the Countering Online Violent Extremism Research (COVER) Program.

She and her team have harnessed the power of social media – used grotesquely by terrorist groups – and developed Australia’s first online social marketing campaign to break extremists’ grip on impressionable, alienated minds.

So what can we do to counter extremism? Anne will draw on her wealth of experience, and over 50 publications, to explain why we need intelligent vigilance at home and in the media.

NEWS FLASH! “Getting Serious” will also host the exciting launch of a WA-initiated campaign to protect journalistic freedom, supported by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. So come and lend your support!

Great ideas, finger food and fine wine, on Monday 11 March, 6-9pm, at the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University. Don’t miss it!