“International Trolling Networks and the Hidden Threats to Female Journalists”

March 24, 2020

  • 2020 |
  • Eisendrath Symposium |
  • Wallace House Presents |

“International Trolling Networks and the Hidden Threats to Female Journalists” with Elodie Vialle, Reporters Without Borders and 2020 Knight-Wallace Fellow and Rana Ayyub, journalist at the Eisendrath Symposium

March 24, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

Rackham Amphitheatre
915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.
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About the Speakers

Elodie Vialle is a 2020 Knight-Wallace fellow and the head of journalism and technology desk at Reporters Without Borders, where she is responsible for monitoring new threats that undermine journalism, and developing projects to defend the freedom of online information. Vialle focuses on topics such as online censorship, surveillance, disinformation, the impact of artificial intelligence on freedom of information and internet governance. Previously, she was an advisor and trainer for media outlets in Haiti and around the world, helping them to improve news coverage through the use of new technologies. Vialle was also the editor-in-chief of, an online media organization dedicated to social innovation. She hosted a program on change-making initiatives for the national French radio channel France Inter and began her career as a TV journalist on the French television channel, BFMTV. Vialle is a graduate of Ecole supérieure de journalisme de Lille, a French journalism program.

Rana Ayyub is a prominent Indian investigative journalist and a political writer and an important voice from South Asia. She has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with some of the leading publications in India and internationally. Her pieces appear in the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian and Foreign Policy among other publications.

She was an Editor with Tehelka which was India’s topmost investigative magazine.  She has reported on religious violence, extrajudicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller titled “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up’, an undercover investigation which exposes the complicity of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in state-sponsored genocide.  In a career spanning twelve years Rana has been awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism from the President of India. She was the recipient of the Global Shining Light award for Investigative journalism in the year 2017 and the Most Resilient Global Journalist of 2018 at the Peace Palace in Hague. She has also been named by Time magazine among ten global journalists who face maximum threats to their lives. Rana is based in Mumbai.