The Prix Italia Master Classes

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Investigative Journalism and Undercover Reporting 

Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag,
Hardcash/ITV (UK) and PBS (USA)
Prix Italia 2020
TV Documentary Award and SIGNIS Special Prize

March 4, 2021 - 10:00-11:30 CET


The Chinese government is holding an estimated million or more Muslims in detention camps without trial. It is the largest incarceration of an ethnic group since WW2. Twelve million other Muslims are living outside in an open prison, part of a human laboratory where Chinese technology companies have created the world’s most invasive surveillance state. ITV Exposure goes undercover into China’s secretive Xinjiang region to investigate. The filmmakers record honest and critical voices, talking about one of the world’s worst human rights abuses. They film a meeting with executives at a key tech company, which is working with the Chinese government to build the mass surveillance system, revealing a new form of governance that is controlling citizens and being exported around the world, challenging human freedom and liberal democracy. 

Guest Speakers:


Robin Barnwell
is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was educated in the UK at Trinity College, Cambridge. Robin has worked across the globe in some of the most hostile and challenging environments, covering conflicts and wars, exposing human rights abuses for PBS Frontline, the BBC, and the UK's Channel 4 and ITV channels. For over four years, he served as a diplomat, working on peace-building and political affairs with the United Nations missions in Afghanistan and Sudan. Documentaries that he has directed, produced and filmed have won multiple awards and received numerous nominations, including a BAFTA and International Emmy. Robin was named 'Journalist of the Year' at the British Journalism Awards in 2019.





Gesbeen Mohammad 
is a producer with a track record of delivering hard-hitting major network investigations, such as the BAFTA and International Emmy-winning Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (ITV) and character-led current affairs films, such as the Battle for Hong Kong (Channel 4 and FRONTLINE, PBS). With a background in investigations, particularly managing sensitive undercover filming both abroad and in the UK, she is interested in exposing wrongdoing and highlighting awareness on human rights abuses and its impact on the victims.


Master Class Editorial Development and Moderation:


Markus Nikel, International Advisor, RAI

Markus has a long standing international experience in the field of documentary and digital media. For the EBU, he has served various times as an Editorial Supervisor and Executive Producer of fac-tual coproductions. Markus has been moderating workshops in Europe and abroad, including mas-terclasses with Oscar winning Directors at GZDoc in Guangzhou, China’s biggest Documentary Festival, and professional sessions at the IPCM conference at NHK’s Japan Prize in Tokyo. He regularly conducts coproduction workshops with COPEAM in Rome and with ASBU in Tunis and has also worked with TAL in Latin America.

Irina Stoilova, Prix Italia Staff




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