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Club Online Zoom Event: Book Talk – ‘Marawi Siege: Stories From the Front Lines’

Date: 8 Mar 2021 12:00 AM | Venue: Burton Room

Book Talk – ‘Marawi Siege: Stories From the Front Lines’
Monday, March 8, 2021
8:00pm HKT on Zoom
Reporter Carmela Fonbuena dropped into the thick of battle as the Philippine military launched deadly strikes against pro-Islamic State militants in the southern city of Marawi in May 2017. Four years on, she pieces together the events and decisions that led to the biggest operation of the Philippine military in recent history — and its impact on regional security as well as the lives of ordinary citizens caught in the crossfire. In Marawi Siege: Stories From the Front Lines, she draws on accounts by soldiers, hostages, displaced civilians, government officials and former extremists. In this talk, Fonbuena will explore the long-lasting scars left by conflict, the lessons we can draw on combating extremism and the ways front-line reporters can navigate — and pierce through — the fog of war. Moderated by FCC Correspondent Governor Kristine Servando.
This event will also be livestreamed on Twitter.
Carmela Fonbuena is the new Executive Editor of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Throughout her 17-year career, she worked as a researcher for investigative magazine Newsbreak, was a senior reporter for Rappler and a contributor to The Guardian. She has co-written four books on Philippine elections and government contracting. She studied journalism at the University of the Philippines – Diliman and earned a Masters in political communication at Cardiff University as a Chevening Scholar.
Monday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day 2021, and the FCC will be hosting several notable female guest speakers throughout the month of March. Stay tuned for more event announcements soon.


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