Lost in Europe at #Uncovered Conference

UNCOVERED is the annual conference of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) programme. Organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, in partnership with the International Press Institute and European Journalism Centre, #UNCOVERED brings together investigative journalists, funders, policymakers, and civil society members to discuss cross-border investigative journalism. The conference will take place virtually on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th April from 2pm Berlin time CEST. Register for free tickets here.

For Mind the Children this conference is a great way to address the importance of cross-border journalism, and raise awareness for the issue of missing migrant children.

Lost in Europe nomination
Ten cross-border investigations have been shortlisted for the inaugural #IJ4EU Impact Award, celebrating excellence in collaborative journalism in Europe. And we are very pleased to say that one of Lost in Europe’s investigations is one of them! Sanne Terlingen is nominated for her investigation about the Vietnamese children that went missing from Dutch protected shelters. IJ4EU mentioned the following about the nomination:

“This IJ4EU-supported investigation sought to discover what had become of thousands of migrant children who had gone missing in Europe, some falling into the hands of drug gangs and traffickers. Many children were found working on cannabis farms and in nail studios in Britain. Many were not found at all.”

You can read more about the investigation here. The three organisations that will be awarded, and receive 5,000 euros each, will be announced during the award ceremony on Wednesday 14 April at 6pm Berlin time CEST. Register for free tickets here.

Documentary screening
About the nominated research from Sanne Terlingen a documentary was made. In the documentary the case of the missing Vietnamese children is discussed, and new developments com forward. Sanne Terlingen is interviewed in the film and explains, among other things, that Lost in Europe has discovered that two Vietnamese boys who disappeared from a Dutch shelter subsequently died in the Essex drama. In addition, talks were held with smugglers, investigation services and the children themselves. Read more about it here.

The documentary is screened during the conference, with afterwards a chance to talk to the journalists behind the stories. This session will take place on Wednesday 14 April 3:45 – 4:45pm CEST.

Register for the conference here. Keep an eye on ECPMF Twitter (@ECPMF) for further updates.