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GIJN Webinar: Investigating the Extractives Industry in Africa

In this online workshop, free to all journalists across Africa and beyond, GIJN brings together four experts who will discuss the tips and tools for investigating the extractives industry, where to find resources, and areas for possible investigation.

Getting the Story Out

Investigative Journalism in Africa: A Book From the Frontlines

The award-winning Ghanaian journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni says there are a series of challenges that investigative reporters in Africa must confront during the course of their work. Read about the difficulty of getting accurate data, the challenges of impunity, funding issues, and press freedom challenges in this excerpt from his new book.

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GIJN Africa: Members in Sub-Saharan Africa

GIJN Africa: Newsletters

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GIJN Africa: Safety and Security in Africa

To protect journalists from safety and security risks, some African and global organizations have set up programs that offer support to muckrakers who are in trouble, either in selected African countries or across the continent.

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GIJN Africa: Access to Public Records

Resources that are available for journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa who seek public information in countries with laws governing access to information.

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GIJN Africa: Reporting COVID-19

Media organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa have developed a considerable number of Africa-specific resource guides, tools and tips geared at improving the capacity of journalists across the continent to carry out impactful reporting on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. GIJN has collected many of these resources below. Telling the story of COVID-19 in Africa: A basket of […]

Around the World

IWMF Announces 2024 Courage in Journalism Awards

Source: IWMF

The 35th edition of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, the principal award dedicated to women and nonbinary individuals’ contributions in the field, has recognized journalists from Ecuador, Myanmar, Palestine, and the US for reporting under duress. This year’s Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award, given annually to a journalist who is unjustly jailed, detained, or imprisoned, went to Burmese documentary filmmaker Shin Daewe, who was sentenced to life in prison after she was arrested for receiving film equipment. Other honorees were Lauren Chooljian (US), Maha Hussaini (Palestine), and Mónica Velásquez Villacís (Ecuador).

Ukrainian Media Speaks Out Against US Right-Wing Threats Toward Texty.org.ua

Source: Institute of Mass Information

A group of more than 70 Ukrainian independent media organizations issued a public statement of support for Texty.org.ua. Following Texty's nodal analysis piece last week examining political and media figures in the US that have opposed military aid to Ukraine or expressed sympathy for Russia's invasion, the Ukrainian data journalism site was verbally targeted by numerous US conservatives, including GOP Members of Congress who threatened the site's funding, while X owner Elon Musk said Texty should be listed as a "terrorist" organization. "A coordinated attack on independent media undermines the core principles of a democratic society," the group wrote in a statement.

Russia Indicts Wall Street Journal Reporter on Espionage Charges

Source: Wall Street Journal

More than a year after Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested and falsely accused of espionage, Russian prosecutors have indicted him and referred his case to a trial court. Gershkovich, a US citizen, had been reporting on the Russian defense industry in the wake of the country's invasion into Ukraine when he was detained in March 2023 and sent to Moscow's Lefortovo Prison. Both the Journal and the US government strenuously deny that he has acted as a spy or intelligence agent.

3 Convicted of Murder of Dutch Investigative Reporter Peter R. de Vries

Source: AP

A Dutch court has convicted three men of murder for their roles in the 2021 shooting of investigative reporter Peter R. de Vries, who was attacked in downtown Amsterdam as he left a TV station. The shooter, getaway driver, and organizer of the attack were convicted of direct involvement in the killing, and each sentenced to more than 25 years in prison. De Vries, who was 64, was a household name in the Netherlands, and had hosted a TV show covering high profile crime cases. The Dutch King called the shooting “an attack on journalism, the cornerstone of our constitutional state, and therefore also an attack on the rule of law.”

Serbian Judge Files SLAPPs Against KRIK Journalists

Source: International Federation of Journalists

A senior judge in Belgrade has filed lawsuits against two journalists from the Serbian nonprofit outlet, KRIK. The judge seeks monetary damages, prison sentences, and a two-year journalism ban for KRIK editor-in-chief Stevan Dojčinović and staff writer Bojana Pavlović following their work on a database of judiciary transparency that mentioned the judge by name. KRIK argues that all published information was obtained through legal channels and did not include sensitive personal data. The International Federation of Journalists said the judge’s actions were an attempt to “silence the media."

Audience Building Grant for Independent Media

Source: Global Forum for Media Development

The International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM) is now accepting applications from independent media in 40 eligible countries around the world to fund investment in strategies to build audience. Funding for this grant is US$250,000 and will prioritize independent news sites that "play a vital role in producing and disseminating public interest journalism in the countries where they work and that are facing a difficult financial situation as result of local market conditions." Application must be in English and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2024.

Two Journalists Attacked in Bangladesh in Separate Incidents

Source: International Federation of Journalists

On May 26, Daily Star Savar reporter Aklakur Rahman Akash was attacked while covering a dispute between owners of a ceramic factory in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. According to Akash, his assailants were supporters of the rival owner. On May 27, journalist Enamul Haque, of Dainik Kalbela in Islampur, was investigating stocking practices of the Asad Dali Rice Mill when the mill owner stabbed him. The IFJ said: “Journalists and media workers in Bangladesh must be free to report without retribution, with these recent attacks indicative of the profound threats facing the nation’s media community.”

GIJN, Wits Centre for Journalism Sign New Partnership Agreement

Source: Journalism.co.za

GIJN and the Wits Centre for Journalism (WCJ), one of the top journalism and media training institutions in Africa, have announced a new partnership aimed at strengthening investigative journalism on the continent. WCJ was already a GIJN member, but now the two groups have signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a relationship that, according to GIJN Executive Director Emilia Diaz-Struck, will "contribute to advancing the work we do with our regional editors to expand connections between colleagues from Africa and other regions in our network."

UN Investigator: Thousands of Journalists Have Fled Home Countries Due to Oppression, Threats, and War

Source: Associated Press

In a report to the UN General Assembly, UN investigator Irene Khan explained that thousands of journalists have fled or been displaced from their native countries in recent years due to draconian restrictions on press freedom, threats on reporters' lives, and outbreaks of violent conflict and war. Warning that media independence is "shrinking in democratic countries where authoritarian trends are gaining ground," Khan noted that these ominous trends now prevail in one-third of the world's nations. Even journalists working in exile face ongoing digital harassment and physical threats, she added, driving some to abandon journalism.

Last Call for Safe Haven Fellowships for Journalists Affected by War

Source: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Journalists in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan, and other war-torn areas that present a serious safety risk must apply now for the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study's 2024 - 25 Safe Haven Fellowship. This fellowship is open to scholars, artists, writers, and journalists who cannot perform their normal work because of the consequences of war or conflict. The fellowship would last for five months across one of two periods — either from September 2024 to January 2025 or from February to June 2025 — and includes a stipend of €2,500 (US$2,700) per month. Deadline to apply is Noon CET on May 21, 2024.

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Data Journalism Reporting Tools & Tips

Tips for Using Data in a Small Newsroom

Small newsrooms need to focus on the importance of data use more than ever — but they often face numerous hurdles, including a lack of funding and limited human resources.

Projects

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2024 Elections

Global elections in the year ahead — including presidential, legislative, and regional polls in at least 60 countries — will affect more citizens than in any previous year, and will likely reset humanity’s liberty compass for years ahead. This ongoing project will feature an updated elections reporting guide, stories on cutting-edge tools for investigating campaigns […]

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GIJC23

The 13th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC23), held in Gothenburg, Sweden from Sept. 19 – 22, 2023, gathered more than 2,100 journalists from 132 countries to hold workshops, share innovative methods, and celebrate a community increasingly facing censorship, corporate hacking, and authoritarian threats. This project is a compendium of GIJN’s coverage of the conference panels.

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Climate Accountability

Today, there is plenty of beat reporting and feature writing about the world’s climate crisis. But what’s missing are the investigative journalists, the ones who follow the money and hold corporations and governments accountable for what they have done – and what they haven’t done. GIJN is working to change this. Our Climate Accountability Project […]

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Investigating the Extractives Industry in Africa

Africa is home to a substantial amount of the global mineral wealth. The continent, according to the Natural Resource Governance Institute, holds about 30% of the world’s oil, gas, and mineral resources. This includes up to 92% of the world’s platinum and chromium reserves, 56% of cobalt, 54% of manganese, and 40% of its gold. […]

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Investigating the Israel Hamas Conflict

Seven months into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, journalists carrying out their work in the region have faced unparalleled challenges. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, as of April 9th, preliminary investigations show at least 95 journalists and media workers were among the more than 34,000 estimated killed since the conflict began on […]

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Investigating Elections: Threat from AI Audio Deepfakes

Elections all over the world are endangered by a vast array of sophisticated digital threats. This year, when more voters head to the polls than ever before, AI-driven deepfakes threaten electoral processes everywhere, with potentially disastrous consequences for at-risk democracies. AI-generated audio simulations — in which a real voice is cloned by a machine learning […]

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Investigative Journalism and Digital Threats in 2024 Elections

Free and fair elections are fundamental to a functioning democracy. Investigative journalism helps to ensure the integrity of the electoral process by exposing and correcting false narratives and disinformation that can influence public opinion. This reporting not only helps voters to make informed decisions but empowers them to assess the information they encounter, fostering a […]