Jan Mayman, Australia, an independent journalist based in Perth, has been an investigative reporter in Australia and the United Kingdom for over 20 years.
She has worked for The Sunday Times Insight team as well as Melbourne’s The Age, The Canberra Times and London’s The Guardian and The Independent. In 1984, she won the Gold Walkley, Australia’s highest journalism honor, and the Bronze Walkley for best newspaper report for an investigation into the deaths of several Aborigines while in West Australian police custody. Human rights groups supported her investigation’s claims of human rights abuses, and her reports later helped prompt a two-year Royal Commission inquiry into the deaths and reforms within the Australian police and prison systems. Mayman also co-produced and wrote a documentary film about the neo-Nazi movement in Perth, Western Australia, which was a finalist for a 1993 Walkley Award for best television journalism. Mayman is currently writing a book about race relations in Australia and is producing a documentary about investigative journalism with Phillip Knightley.