The Waseda Chronicle has released the online book “The Emerging Investigative Journalism Movement in Japan and Asia” which is available for free to download. It was originally published in Japanese in 2018 as a follow-up to an international symposium hosted by the Waseda University Institute for Journalism and the Committee to Protect Journalists the previous year. The symposium brought together investigative journalists from across the region, including GIJN members of Rappler (Philippines), the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism Newstapa (South Korea), and The Reporter (Taiwan).
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The annual conference of US-based Investigative Reporters and Editors -- switched to all-digital this year -- is breaking records this week, with 2,900 attendees. That's nearly 50% larger than the top previous face-to-face conferences. Among the attendees are 124 journalists from 31 other countries. The conference concludes this Friday.
Leaked United States government documents known as the FinCEN Files have revealed how trillions in tainted dollars flow freely through major banks, swamping a broken enforcement system. The documents -- which were obtained by BuzzFeed and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists -- have been poured over by more than 400 journalists in 88 countries investigating the secret world of money laundering. Investigators report that a number of banks have defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) declared on Monday that the Al Jazeera Media Network -- the international news organization based in Doha -- "is an agent of the Government of Qatar." The DOJ has ordered the network’s US-based social media division, AJ+, to register as a foreign agent, a step the news outlet says will hobble its journalism. AJ+ acts “at the direction and control” of Qatar’s rulers, Jay Bratt, chief of the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control section, wrote in a September 14 letter obtained by Mother Jones. The designation follows a years-long push by lobbyists hired by the autocratic government of the United Arab Emirates, which has long resented the critical coverage it receives from Al Jazeera.
Source: Mother Jones
The True Story Award, a global prize for print and online reporting, is accepting entries for its second edition. The 2019 submission is now followed by articles published in the first eight months of 2020. The True Story Award 2020/21 provides recognition for exceptional written reports and commends articles for excellence in research, reporting, and relevance to society. Texts can be submitted in 12 of the world's most widely used languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Deadline for entries is 28 September 2020.
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A powerful, politically-connected businessman accused of ordering the 2018 murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, has been acquitted by a court in Slovakia. A panel of judges ruled on Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove Marián Kočner and his co-accused, Alena Zsuzsova, had ordered the assassinations. Kočner was ordered to pay a $5,912 fine after 60 bullets were found at his house but acquitted him of the murder charges, citing lack of evidence. Kuciak, 27, was the first journalist ever murdered in Slovakia’s 25 years as an independent state.