In a time of seemingly unlimited access to information and new methods of content delivery, more and more areas of the world are becoming virtually inaccessible to journalists.
— Freedom of the Press 2015 Report
Journalism is under threat. Investigative reporting, in particular, is under attack as never before, and we need your help. For 15 years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network has trained and supported the world’s most determined reporters as they’ve dug into corruption and abuses of power. We’ve helped bring watchdog reporting to the far corners of the Earth, and today investigative journalists are in more countries doing tougher reporting than we ever imagined. But governments are pushing back with restrictive new laws and prosecutions, while our colleagues face near-record numbers of threats and violent attacks.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. Our job is to provide support, training, and networks for journalists everywhere who pursue transparency and accountability, including in the world’s toughest regimes.
The bad guys went international a long time ago. Today they can move money, people, and contraband around the world at the push of a button. We’re helping investigative journalists catch up by providing the latest tools and technology, linking them up in cross-border networks, and training them to follow money, people, and companies around the world. Since setting up GIJN’s nonprofit secretariat in 2012, we’ve responded to thousands of requests for assistance from over 100 countries. Our small staff works directly with journalists most in need, directs other requests to our extensive volunteer network, and refers hundreds more to journalists, NGOs, and resource people worldwide.
Your support helps us respond to these inquiries, give training where it is most needed, and provide critically important assistance to journalists doing the toughest reporting in the world. Won’t you give today to ensure we can continue to meet these needs in 2016?
As Aamir Latif of the Karachi Press Club says: “GIJN is a constant source of good advice, the latest tools and techniques, and contacts around the world. Its work is a lifeline to those of us in frontline states like Pakistan.”
Our members are acutely aware of the challenges they face. At our recent conference, journalists from 121 countries stood together to endorse aDeclaration on Journalist Safety, demanding that governments do more to stop attacks and end the widespread impunity among the attackers.
We have a remarkable opportunity to support investigative reporters on the front lines of transparency, accountability, and democracy. Don’t miss it – please partner with us now. Your gift helps journalists in some of the world’s harshest, most repressive countries speak truth to power – and helps us ensure they have state-of-the-art training and resources.
As we celebrate with friends and family this season, please keep in mind the journalists whose work preserves the rights and freedoms we hold dear. Thank you for your generous support.
David E. Kaplan
Global Investigative Journalism Network