Was a video of a chemical attack really filmed in Syria? What time of day did an airstrike happen? Which military unit was involved in a shooting in Afghanistan? Is this dramatic image of glowing clouds really showing wildfires in California? These are some of the questions the video team at The New York Times has to answer when reviewing raw eyewitness videos, often posted to social media. Misinformation shared through digital social networks is a serious problem for modern-day newsrooms, with visual information in the digital age easy to manipulate and even easier to spread. What is required for conducting visual investigations based on social media content is a mix of traditional journalistic diligence and cutting-edge internet skills. Here's how the Times does it.
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The Turkish government has told US officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month. The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in October 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body. The audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. The journalist has had long-standing ties to the Saudi royal family, but has written critically of the current government and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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Bulgarian TV reporter Viktoria Marinova, 30, has become the third European journalist murdered this year. Marinova’s body, raped and beaten, was found in a park in the city of Ruse on Saturday. The murder of the host and director for regional TV network TVN.bg has drawn international condemnation. Marinova launched a TV show called “Detektor” in September and in the first and only aired episode she interviewed two journalists from investigative outlets Rise Project and Bivol—who were detained in September while probing alleged fraud involving EU funds tied to Bulgarian businessmen and politicians. TVN has been one of few Bulgarian media outlets reporting on Bivol’s investigation. Drew Sullivan, Editor in Chief at OCCRP, called for an independent investigation into Marinova’s murder.
The largest ever investigative journalism conference in Asia, Uncovering Asia 2018, kicked off Thursday evening with a welcome reception in Seoul. More than 440 journalists from 48 countries will be attending the conference, which will see 126 speakers in over 60 sessions on topics ranging from cross border investigations and data journalism to investigating criminal networks and corporate crime. The conference will run from October 5 to 7 and is hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (Newstapa) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Two journalists investigating fraud in European Union-funded projects in Bulgaria and Romania were detained by authorities last week. Dimitar Stoyanov, a reporter for the Bulgarian investigative journalism website Bivol, and Attila Biro of RISE Project Romania, were taken into custody for several hours by authorities in western Bulgaria as they attempted to prevent and document the destruction of evidence related to an investigation funded by International Press Institute’s #IJ4EU grant program. On Monday, Bivol published a report detailing what it described as “large-scale and wide-spread corruption” in EU-funded projects in Bulgaria worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian leva.
Slovak police have arrested one or more suspects in the killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. The murder forced the resignations of then-Prime Minister Robert Fico and Interior Minister Robert Kalinak as well as the head of the Slovak police. A lawyer representing the families of Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova said suspects were arrested early on Thursday, and Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini wrote on Facebook that the ongoing investigation was "a priority" for his government. Kuciak, who had written about political corruption in Slovakia, was found shot dead along with Kusnirova at their home outside Bratislava on February 21. Slovak authorities have said they believe it was a contract killing connected to Kuciak's work investigating possible widespread government corruption and ties between politicians and Italian gangsters.