Edward Snowden to appear on Swedish seminar on investigative journalismEdward Snowden. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Edward Snowden to appear on Swedish seminar on investigative journalism

Publicerad: 29 March 2016, kl. 10:40

The world’s most famous whistleblower Edward Snowden has accepted an invitation to appear at Gräv 2016, a Swedish seminar about investigative journalism.

Adam Jönsson

‘‘A wished-for reply for us organizers,’’ says Nils Hanson, one of the organizers of the seminar, in a press release Tuesday. ‘‘When we had decided on the theme ‘the free word,’ Snowden was the first guest we wanted to invite.’’

The Gräv 2016 seminar will be held Apr. 8–9 in Gothenburg. Snowden will appear on link from Russia on Apr. 9 where the former NSA employee still lives in exile after having left the United States in 2013.

Carolina Jemsby will moderate the discussion. She has previously interviewed the whistleblower for Swedish television (SVT). Jemsby has also produced the documentary Asylärende Snowden, which details the work of a small group of Swedes trying to bring Snowden to Sweden.

Snowden’s appearance will be held just weeks after the terror attacks in the Belgium capital of Brussels, which have gotten some politicians to call for increased surveillance and a ban on encryption.

Gräv 2016 had at this time already sent Snowden a request to appear on the seminar without hearing back. After the attacks, Jemsby tried again.

‘‘I sent an email and underlined that it’s more important than ever before that we get Edward Snowden’s take on the development and his best tips on what we should do to work in a secure way digitally,’’ says Jemsby.  ‘‘One day passed, then came the reply: ‘ES accepts the invitation.’’’

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