The Investigative Journal launched a hard-hitting talk show from its studios in Times Square New York anchored by award-winning broadcast journalist Tal Heinrich.
The show produced by award-winning American executive producer Driss Sekkat comes weeks after the official launch of TIJ headquartered in London UK with the aim of internationalizing the new online platform dedicated to publishing in-depth investigations of public interest.
In its first episode Heinrich conducts an eye-opening interview with Mr. Ahmet Yayla the former Turkish chief of police of twenty years who has fled Turkey in objection to president Erdogan’s funding of tens of thousands of ISIS fighters, smuggling them into Syria and purchasing oil from the terrorist group worth millions of dollars—-a conspiracy he explains backed up with exclusive wire-taps, audio recordings and documents proving the collusion.
Upcoming shows include an interview with Mr. Jonathan Shanzer, of the Washington based Foundation of Defense and Democracy who responds to Heinrich’s question: Should the Trump Administration designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization?
Shanzer and Dr. Michael Morgan a New York based expert on the Brotherhood respond to a video message from Senator Ted Cruz, a hard-core advocate of following the footsteps of countries like Egypt, Russian, Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group between 2013-2014.
Among the topics being highlighted by TIJ are the horrific exodus of millions of refugees in Venezuela, Iran’s incarceration of dual-citizens on fabricated charges to use them as bargaining chips for political gains and a number exclusive reports based on month-long investigations conducted by award-winning roving journalists.
” The TIJ model focuses on bringing the truth out on subjects marginalized by mainstream media who have become mostly fixated on ratings and Mr. Trump’s tweets. Everyone deserves to know how thousands of ISIS fighters who have killed innocent journalists, aid workers, women, and children got to Syria and to our doorsteps in the first-place, who continues to fund them, and the Why, ” commented award-winning Canadian journalist and CEO of The Investigative Journal.
In line with The Investigative Journal’s commitment to producing the finest independent journalism the show will run on the TIJ website and social media platforms free of advertisement under the oversight of Sekkat, who created and launched over a dozen original formats around the world, including the first financial OTT platform of its kind.
Fahmy worked for the Los Angeles Times during the Iraq War in 2003 and for CNN during the Arab Spring. He was arrested with two other journalists in September 2013 – three months after he was appointed as the Al Jazeera English Egypt Bureau Chief. He was unjustly jailed for 438 days in Egypt’s notorious Scorpion Prison and accused of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was pardoned by the Egyptian president with the help of his prominent British lawyer Amal Clooney.
In July, The Investigative Journal announced a partnership to co-produce investigations with Rappler new site founded by award-winning journalist Maria Ressa voted as the Times Magazine Person of the Year in 2019. Ressa was jailed and continues to face prosecution by president Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines—a legal battle she is fight with the assistance of lawyer Amal Clooney who remains dedicated to champion press freedom after she was appointed by Jeremy Hunt the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary as his Special Envoy on Media Freedom.
In his goal to champion press freedom CEO Mohamed Fahmy brought together a board of advisors of leading journalists that include five journalists who were either abducted, jailed, or faced assassination attempts by governments and or Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East including Richard Minitier the author of three New York Times best-selling books, and award-winning American journalists Theo Padnos and Lindsey Snell who survived abductions by Al Qaeda in Syria
“I see no better time to work with top-tier investigative journalists who are not deterred at a time when 2018 was the worst year for journalists on record with more than 300 reporters languishing behind bars, 80 killed and at least 60 taken hostage. Hosting TIJ’s show brings back that old-school flavor of journalism that puts the audience first ahead of any rating or corporate agenda,” commented Heinrich ahead of the launch of her new show in New York.
About The Investigative Journal
The Investigative Journal (TIJ) conducts in-depth research, timely analysis and original journalism to promote human rights causes, and the fundamentals of democracy. The content of the published videos and investigations on the TIJ site are provided through open-source research, analysis, and first-hand
field investigations prepared by experts, scholars, award-winning investigative journalists and filmmakers from various countries and backgrounds. The journal has offices in London, UK, with affiliates in Vancouver, Canada and Washington, DC.
About Mohamed Fahmy – The CEO of The Investigative Journal
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is an Egyptian-Canadian award-winning journalist and author. Fahmy has worked extensively in the Middle East, mostly for CNN. He covered the Iraq War in 2003 for the Los Angeles Times and entered Iraq on the first day of the war.
In 2007 he completed a one-year mission with the International Committee of the Red Cross, protecting the rights of political prisoners, the missing, and refugees in Beirut-Lebanon.
In 2011 he won the Peabody award for his reporting with CNN for its coverage of the Arab Spring. The following year he won the Tom Renner investigative reporting award for producing the documentary Death in the Desert. The film was part of the CNN Freedom Project series that exposed the organized crime rings operating the illegal human trafficking of Sub-Saharan Africans to Israel through Sinai-Egypt.
Mohamed Fahmy worked as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.
In 2015, Mohamed co-founded the Fahmy Foundation for Free Press to help journalists imprisoned worldwide, and he is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression.
Mohamed is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
- The Peabody Award with the CNN team for coverage of the Arab Spring
- Tom Renner Investigative Reporting Award (2012)
- The Royal Television Society Journalism Judges’ Award
- Freedom of Speech Award (International Association of Press Clubs)
- Freedom to Read Award (Writers’ Union of Canada),
- Canadian Commission World Press Freedom Award & UNESCO,
- BC Civil Liberties Award for Human Rights
About Driss Sekkat
Driss Sekkat is an international award-winning executive producer and programming launch expert.
Sekkat has won some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, creating original formats in over 15 countries in multiple languages. Most recently, Sekkat launched the first financial Over-The-Top (OTT) network of its kind, TD Ameritrade Network.
Sekkat created and executive produced 4 seasons of the award-winning investigative documentary Street Pulse. The flagship series won the 2015 Bronze Award at the New York festivals for its series on Cemetery Residents and was awarded The 2014 CINE Special Jury Award and The 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award for its exclusive one-hour documentary on El Minya quarry labor workers.
Early in his career, Sekkat was part of the integral team who launched two versions of international Sportscenter for ESPN, where he then succeeded on to join CNN. Sekkat also produced programming for French network TF1. His most notable experience includes his special coverage of President Obama’s visit to Cairo in 2009 and the 2012 U.S. elections
About Tal Heinrich
Tal Heinrich is an anchor for i24NEWS – an international news television channel based in Tel Aviv, Paris, New York and Washington. She anchors the channel’s main U.S. broadcast, “Crossroads”. She also served as a Correspondent and provided coverage of the United Nations.
Tal worked as a producer for CNN International from the network’s Jerusalem bureau and contributed content during the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza, the 2015 re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu, and the 2015 terror wave known as the “Knife Intifada”.
In 2013 Tal served as a parliamentary assistant at the German Bundestag. She is fluent in Hebrew, English, German and Arabic. She holds a B.A in Arabic literature and general history, and a masters degree of contemporary Middle East studies.