Battered by tough news coverage and a flood of leaks, Donald Trump this week lashed out at the news media in his harshest language yet, branding it "the enemy of the American People!" on Twitter. The comment brought widespread condemnation -- Republican columnist David Brooks called it "rhetoric straight out of the fascist playbook," and his own cabinet members backed away from the phrase. But it has left journalists wondering if Trump supporters may feel emboldened to launch physical attacks against the press.
Every two years, GIJN presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The winner receives an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in November to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world. Deadline to apply: May 15.
The news media is using two tech tools to help facilitate the unprecedented flood of leaks coming from the Trump White House: SecureDrop, an encrypted platform for sending leaks, and Signal, a messaging app with end-to-end encryption. "It's hard to name a news organization that has not gotten in touch with us about installing SecureDrop in the past six weeks," says Trevor Timm of SecureDrop's Freedom of the Press Foundation.
The World Bank's new World Development Report has a lot to like by independent media advocates. This edition of the annual report references media over 75 times, citing the evidence for media's positive impact on governance. Media is called an “indispensable component of citizen empowerment and collective action” and a “key actor” on transparency.
Source: BBC Media Action
The Guardian, run by a public trust and in search of new revenue streams, is having success with its membership program. Over the past year, its number of paying supporters jumping 13-fold, from 15,000 to nearly 200,000 in the past year. The paper's big goal: one million subscribers by April 2019.
GIJN-member atlatszo, the muckraking Hungarian online site, has filed suit against the government of autocrat Viktor Orban, challenging claims that NGOs meddle in party politics. The move comes after years of official assaults on that nation's independent media and civil society. Atlatszo is demanding a government report that allegedly shows foreign-funded NGOs' political interfence.
Source: International Business Times