Journalismfund.eu is offering a free, five-day training course in Manila, Philippines on investigating modern slavery The course, which is being co-sponsored by the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) and investigative site Rappler, will run from November 21 - 25, 2022 and feature both local and international trainers as well as workshops and discussion groups. The program is open to professional journalists — including freelancers — from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Reporters working in all media — print, television, radio, or online — are eligible. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2022.
The 2022 African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) has released the official program for its three-day gathering at Wits University in Johannesburg from October 31 - November 2. Kicking off with a keynote address featuring Wits University's Anton Harber and two members of BBC AfricaEye's award-winning reporting team, AIJC2022 will offer a total of more than six dozen panels and seminars. This year's conference will include specialized tracks on data, environment, finance and business, sustainability, and reporter safety, among others. Registration is open and tickets are available from ZAR1,200 (US$67) for a single day entry and ZAR3,500 (US$195) for the full conference.
Adnan Syed, found guilty in 1999 of murdering his former high school girlfriend, was released from prison this week years after the investigative podcast Serial profiled his case. In Serial's inaugural season in 2014, it produced a 12-episode deep dive into the circumstances of the killing, the police investigation, the conduct of Syed's defense lawyer, and the state's prosecution. The podcast — hosted by US radio journalist Sarah Koenig — quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, as it uncovered numerous inconsistencies and instances of law enforcement negligence and misconduct. Syed had been serving a life sentence, but was released after a local judge vacated the verdict, saying the court "no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction."
Source: New York Times
Just 10 days after revoking Novaya Gazeta's print license, the Kremlin has declared plans to ban its Russian website as well. Novaya Gazeta is now one of the last independent news organizations in that country. The Russian state media regulator Roskomnadzor claimed the online cancelation of Novaya Gazeta was related to two incidents where the site failed to attribute material produced by “foreign agents.” In recent years, the Russian government has repeatedly cited foreign influence as part of its campaign to enforce censorship and discredit critical journalism. "Russian authorities are seeking to erase nearly 30 years of independent reporting and are robbing the outlet of the right to exist,” said CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna in a statement. “Authorities must restore Novaya Gazeta’s online and print licenses and let all media outlets work freely.”
A county official in Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested and is now being held without bail on charges of murdering a local journalist who was actively investigating his possible misconduct and corruption. Just days after the brutal stabbing death of 69-year-old Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German outside his home, police have taken into custody Robert Telles, a public administrator who had been the subject of several of the journalist's recent exposés. According to reports, "compelling" evidence links Telles to the crime, including finding his DNA at the scene and clothes that matched surveillance video of the possible murderer.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
After an internal investigation, Israel has concluded it is "highly probable" that its military killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The admission comes nearly four months after Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli military sweep of a refugee camp in Jenin — and following several independent news investigations that had debunked previous Israeli explanations about the reporter's death. “The Israel Defense Forces’ admission of guilt is late and incomplete," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Sherif Mansour in a statement. “That does not provide the answers — by any measure of transparency or accountability — that her family and colleagues deserve.”