The Outlaw Ocean: A conversation with Ian Urbina | The Foreign Desk

Welcome to another lock down conversation at The Foreign Desk, where I’m very lucky to be bringing you a conversation with Ian Urbina. Ian is a former investigative reporter for The New York Times, and the director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, a non-profit journalism organisation based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on reporting about environmental and human rights crimes at sea.

His work has won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, and several of his stories have been developed into feature films and including The Secret Life of Passwords, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2015.

Ian joined me via Zoom from his home in Washington D.C last week to discuss his most recent journalistic endeavour, The Outlaw Ocean, which is a fascinating look at the shady, silent criminality that occurs beyond the reach of law enforcement bodies on the high seas. It is a truly gripping piece of work, albeit quite shocking in terms of what it confronts, including issues such as sea slavery, piracy and poaching, to the illegal dumping of oil, murder of stowaways, abortions at sea and arms trafficking.

In this interview, we discussed the range of maritime criminal activities, including the issue of Sea Slavery around the world and the legal loopholes/grey areas that enable such practices to flourish. We also discussed Ian's experiences of reporting around the world, the dangers and risks involved, and what happens when plans go wrong on location.

For more from Ian, please see the details below...

Reporter: Ian Urbina

Project: The Outlaw Ocean



Twitter: @ian_urbina


Instagram; @ian_urbina

Facebook: @IanUrbinaReporter


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