#MoralsOverMoney

How "Sportswashing" is Changing the Game

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

Dictatorial regimes from Russia to Saudi Arabia to China are investing millions of dollars into hosting major sporting events and investing in teams in free societies, in an effort to improve their human rights images internationally and pivot the global eye away from their repressive measures. Countries like Saudi Arabia and China have been leading these investments and bids in global sporting events to whitewash crimes. Panelists will examine just how authoritarian regimes are using this method of "sportswashing" to divert attention away from their reprehensible human rights records, and the trends and implications of these soft power, high-dollar tactics.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Miguel Delaney

The Independent

Irade Kashgary

Uyghur American Association

Garry Kasparov

Human Rights Foundation

Karim Zidan

The Guardian

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Panel

Type:

Session

Track:

Transforming the Entertainment Landscape

Level:

Beginner