Swiss investigative journalists have developed an open-source computer program that identifies planes flying into Geneva which belong to authoritarian regimes. The program, dubbed GVA Dictator Alert, then raises the alert via Twitter. The program mines data from a network of antennae used by plane spotters. The group hopes to expand the program to other airports.
The level of attacks faced by journalists is “unprecedented” around the world, according to a new report by Index on Censorship. The attacks are combined with growing hostility to the news media, says the report, which focuses on a series of crackdowns in Europe. The worrisome climate has made 2016 one of the most dangerous times to be a journalist, according to data compiled by the organization.
Source: The Guardian
Veteran journalist John Dunbar is taking over as CEO of the 27-year-old Center for Public Integrity, a GIJN member and a pioneer of nonprofit investigative journalism. Dunbar, who succeeds former CNN International VP Peter Bale, is bullish on the future of nonprofit newsrooms: "We don’t face the same harsh deadlines as other news organizations, so what we do is in-depth and serious and trustworthy... We have no advertisers. And our journalism is in demand by traditional news outlets...
Source: Center for Public Integrity
Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."
In the wake of Donald Trump's sweeping victory, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan issues a call to action to the news media. "Journalists are going to have to be better — stronger, more courageous, stiffer-spined — than they’ve ever been," she writes. "Donald Trump made hatred of the media the centerpiece of his campaign... If January 2017 isn’t going to herald disaster for press rights... we’re going to need some heroes."
Source: Washington Post
The 9th annual forum for Arab Investigative journalists takes place at Jordan’s Dead Sea from December 1-3. Sponsored by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, the conference will bring together over 25 panels and workshops on topics such as personal safety of reporters in conflict, to cross-border investigations and telling stories on multiple platforms. Among the speakers will be former Boston Globe Spotlight editor Walter “Robby” Robinson.