We at GIJN are sad to note the passing of our colleague Gavin MacFadyen, founder and director of the London-based Centre for Investigative Journalism. The CIJ was one of GIJN's founding member organizations and Gavin was among the leaders of our global community. He was an avid documentary producer, with more than 50 films, and later a determined campaigner for Julian Assange and various whistleblowers. His CIJ is perhaps best known for its investigative journalism summer school.
Source: Centre for Investigative Journalism
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will be spun off as an independent nonprofit, its parent organization, the Center for Public Integrity, announced today. The two groups are in negotiation for a full agreement on separation by November 30, according to a CPI press release. ICIJ, known for The Panama Papers and other pioneering cross-border projects, says it looks to future "growth and success in the collaborative journalism that we practice in partnership with so many brave, excellent journalists around the world.”
Source: Center for Public Integrity
The head of Nepal's anti-corruption commission, who gained international notoriety this year for intimidating the press and forcing publisher Kunda Dixit to flee the country, is himself under the gun this week. Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, has been suspended from his post as 157 lawmakers registered an impeachment motion against him in parliament.
Source: Himalayan Times
For the first time in its 35-year history, the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists has declared a U.S. presidential candidate a threat to press freedom. In what it called a response to Trump's threats and vilification of the media during his campaign, CPJ called a Trump presidency "a threat to press freedom unknown in modern history."
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Think you've got it bad? Check out the latest on Egypt by The Journalists Against Torture Observatory. Its quarterly report found 106 cases of harassment against journalists during July-September this year. Leading the pack: bannings from covering events (36), physical assaults (16), stop-and-searches (10), insults and threats (7), and official complaints filed to prosecutors (7). Over a dozen journalists are in detention or prison, facing such charges as publishing false news, incitement, libel, and defamation.
Source: Egypt Daily News
Exiled Russian oligarch and opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky has launched an "Open Media” project to provide financial and technical support to journalists and civil society activists working on investigative projects. The initiative will reportedly support five to seven projects with $50,000 to $500,000 each. Khodorkovsky has previously backed Meduza, now one of the most popular independent Russian news websites.