November 1, 2014

Indian Centre for Investigative Journalism Launches in Delhi

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India CIJ2Editor’s Note: For months, GIJN has been working with our colleagues in India in support of launching that country’s first nonprofit center for investigative journalism. Although there are more than 100 nonprofits worldwide working on investigative reporting, in fast-growing, dynamic India — with nearly 1.3 billion people — the country has lacked a center focused on in-depth investigations into corruption, lack of accountability, and abuse of power. That is no more. We’re proud to welcome the Centre for Investigative Journalism, India, and we anticipate great things from our colleagues there. Here we reprint the Centre’s founding statement.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism is India’s first independent and non-profit organization dedicated to support and strengthen in-depth and investigative journalism in India. It is registered as a trust with the Government of India and is headquartered in New Delhi.

The primary mission of the CIJ is to provide a centre of excellence for the training of journalists, to promote best practices of journalism, to raise the standard of critical reporting to a high professional level and to build a network of watchdog journalists in India.


Syed Nazakat, founder and editor-in-chief of India’s new investigative journalism center.

The CIJ will provide resources and new media techniques to journalists across India. We’ll conduct investigative journalism training classes, workshops, conferences and data boot camps to train a new generation of Indian watchdog journalists.

We’ll be building association with journalism schools and institutions across India to form a stronger and wider collaboration.

The need for such an organisation in India has never been greater. While the Indian media undoubtedly is free and vibrant, deadline pressures, market pulls, competition, budgetary constraints, and sometimes legal and safety issues make it difficult for many journalists to delve into the causes and broader meanings of news events.

India CIJMore importantly there is no platform for investigative journalists in the country where they can share ideas, skills and knowledge and support each other in order to enhance critical inquiry and professionalism

The CIJ does not intend to replace the work of individual newspapers or TV news channels. We, however, aim to bring investigative journalists from different states together in teams – eliminating rivalry and promoting special reporting projects with larger public interest, focusing on underreported and unreported issues.

Together, we aim to be the India’s best investigative team.

Our team will help reporters to use Right to Information Act to produce investigative stories. We’ll file RTI requests on behalf of journalists in order to protect their identity. This is critically important because many who sought information through RTI have been threatened, attacked and even killed.

7 thoughts on “Indian Centre for Investigative Journalism Launches in Delhi

  1. Investigation journalism is important to bringing out the hiden things.there are so many corruption and scandals so to control them we required investigation.

  2. It’s So Good to Have Centre for Investigative Journalism as it will Encourage the Efforts Of Hard-working RTI Activists & Journalists Which will Establish Transparency & Boost Morale Confidence of the Individuals, But There Should Also be Boost From Parliament & Government With These To Introduce a Whistle-Blower’s Protection Bill & Anti-Corruption Measure & Table Bill Like Jan-Lokpal Bill Which Will Be a Accountable Part on Government & Parliamentarians Part and a Hope To Save Huge Public Money & Revenue Which will Establish Thorough Transparency & Accountability in Indian Judiciary & Bureaucracy,Where Individuals Indulging in Illegitimate Act will be Held Guilty ,Thanks Mr.Nazaqat in your Editorial Position It will be More Better-Best.

  3. i am a graduate and want to be an investigation journalist…. please inform me the process and elgiblity. thank you

    • Hi, Krishna. Contact the universities in India that offer journalism programs, such as the Asian College of Journalism or The Indian Institute of Mass Communication. A Google search for India journalism schools is a good way to start. Good luck!

  4. I have done my degree and now m pursing master in mass communication and media management but m interested in investigation journalists please suggest me how I can be part of it.

    • The best way is to get into the media workforce and get experience — learn the basics of reporting, telling good stories, and being accurate and on deadline. Then start doing more ambitious projects, and find editors and newsrooms who will give you the extra room you need to do a real investigation. You might find GIJN’s Resource Center helpful: Good luck!

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