Difference Day Honorary Title 2017
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. GIJN holds conferences, conducts trainings, provides resources and consulting, and encourages the creation of similar nonprofit groups. It was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world gathered for the second Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. Since then it has grown to 145 member organizations in 62 countries.
Margo Smit is independent, self-employed investigative TV-documentary filmmaker and (part time) ombudsman at NOS, Dutch public broadcaster. Until summer 2015, she was director of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists VVOJ. Smit is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ and covered their #LuxLeaks investigation on tax evasion through Luxemburg for Dutch public TV. Smit is vice-chair of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
Margo Smit teaches (investigative) journalism on TV, with a specialisation on visualisation of (investigative) reporting, at University Groningen and various journalism schools in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Smit studied journalism in the United States. In 1989 she began working as a news and features reporter for a Dutch commercial TV station and later as their political correspondent. In 1997, she transferred to KRO Reporter, an investigative television documentary series on Dutch public TV, where she worked till 2009. Smit investigated, for example, the Dutch monarchy, nuclear safety and proliferation, accounting transparency at multinationals, Islam, honorary killings and the banking industry. She was co-producer of aKRO Profiel documentary on controversial politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali nominated for the Prix Europa in 2005. She was a juror for the Daniel Pearl Award and the Global Shining Light Award for investigative journalism, and the M.J. Brusseprijs for non-fiction in the Dutch language.