Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), one of the world’s largest investigative reporting organizations, is bringing its cross-border reporting expertise into Africa. The move comes as part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a new partnership with Transparency International (TI), which will see OCCRP launch new investigative projects worldwide.
In a year of dismal media news, here's a bright spot for 2016: eight countries added freedom of information laws or similar regulations, according to FreedomInfo.org, bringing the world total to 115 national FOI regimes. Joining the list in 2016 were Malawi, Vanuatu, Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vietnam. Also, three countries -- Argentina, Italy, and Tunisia -- significantly upgraded their laws.
More than 100 journalists gathered in the Armenian capital of Yerevan for a three-day conference on investigative reporting December 6-8. The event, “Tvapatum Investigation: Media Against Corruption”was sponsored by the Media Initiative Center, with support from USAID and the Embassy of Lithuania in Armenia. Speakers came not only from Armenia and Lithuania but also the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
U.S. journalism nonprofits report a strong upsurge of contributions following the election of Donald Trump as president. New York-based ProPublica, which was featured on comedian John Oliver's TV show, has brought in $750,000. At the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, individual donations have jumped about 70 percent compared to the same period last year.
Source: New York Times
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI) are joining forces in a unique partnership to attack grand corruption on a global scale. Called the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, the initiative has raised nearly $6 million in support from the governments of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, and Norway, and the Open Society Foundations. OCCRP and TI are actively seeking reporting partners.