Treating Reporters as Crooks: Nations Crack Down on Press Visas

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Getting hassled by authorities is nothing new for investigative journalists. But two recent incidents serve notice that some countries are cracking down with a tried-and-true technique to stop pesky foreign reporters: prosecuting them for visa technicalities. In Indonesia and Russia this week, authorities are trying to stop coverage and even training by investigative journalists. Continue Reading →

Welcome (Back) to Lillehammer — SKUP Gets Ready for GIJC15!

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The ninth Global Investigative Journalism Conference at Lillehammer, Norway, is now less than a year away. Your local hosts at SKUP -- Norway's investigative journalists association -- went there last week and are pleased to report that plans for GIJC15 look most promising. For those who missed the fifth GIJC in 2008 -- also hosted in Lillehammer -- here are some quick facts about place and the conference venue. Lillehammer is a small city in the countryside north of Oslo. It is known as the host city of the Winter Olympics in 1994, and in recent years for the TV series “Lilyhammer,” about a New York gangster (Steven van Zandt) who hides in the town. Continue Reading →

Financial Crime Stories Shine in 2014 Latin American IJ Awards

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Exposés of questionable financial transactions in Argentina, Trinidad, and Mexico led the 2014 Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards, announced over the weekend in Mexico City. Judging by the strength and breadth of the 14 finalists, investigative journalism is alive and well across Latin America. First prize went to “El señor de los hoteles y el socio de la Presidenta" ("The Lord of the Hotels and the President's Partner") by Hugo Alconada and Mariela Arias of Argentina’s La Nación. Continue Reading →