The Center for International Media Assistance published a report this week by researcher Daniel Arnaudo, analyzing case studies in Ukraine, Turkey, the Philippines, Bahrain and China, which shows how new forms of online censorship have undermined freedom of expression and press freedom. Arnaudo found the goal is not always to block users, content or themes, but to attack the democratic discourse, weaken trust in institutions like the media, other governments, the opposition and civil society. Journalists, he notes in the key findings, need the expertise of an entirely new array of actors to protect them from online attacks, including data scientists, digital security experts, and large social media platforms.
Lesotho this week became the fourth African country since 2010 to declare criminal defamation unconstitutional, joining Kenya, Zimbabwe and Gambia in major steps toward safeguarding press freedom in those countries. The Lesotho Constitutional Court agreed with a 2010 resolution by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, which branded criminal libel laws "a serious interference with freedom of expression" and called for their repeal.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the the Cellule Norbert Zongo for Investigative Reporting in West Africa (Cenozo) launched a series of reports which analyzed more than 27.5 million documents. It is the largest collaboration of investigative journalists in the region – with reporters from 11 countries -- and sheds light on West Africa’s economy and the offshore system. After more than three years of revelations, the ICIJ and Cenozo explored, from a regional perspective, years of leaks that include the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Offshore Leaks and Swiss Leaks.
Digital entrepreneurs in the MENA region are invited to apply for IJNet Arabic's fifth annual Mentoring Center for MENA media entrepreneurs. During the program, IJNet mentors work closely with their mentees to establish business and media plans, implementing strategies and guiding them by evaluating and studying each project's needs. Mentees will be trained in written and visual content as well as digital marketing, social media and other key aspects of media entrepreneurship. Participants will also study the media industry in their own countries and learn strategies to keep their startups competitive.
Japanese journalists held their second national workshop on investigative reporting last month, drawing 250 journalists from across Japan, twice the number of last year. The second Journalism Practitioners' Forum (J-Forum) featured discussions on school scandals tied to prime minister, police surveillance of opposition political supporters, basic Excel skills, FOIA techniques, and fighting back against harassment of women journalists. The event was sponsored by GIJN member Waseda University Journalism School and The Journalism Discussion Group.
Asia's premier gathering of investigative and data journalists is now open for registration! We've just launched the site, with details on where to stay, register, what we're planning and more. Co-hosted by GIJN, Korea's innovative Newstapa, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, we expect a record crowd of Asia's top journalists will join us in Seoul from October 5 to 7. You can follow the growing buzz on Twitter at #IJAsia18.