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Undercover in the Sudanese Schools That Chain Boys

In this harrowing account, Sudanese freelance journalist Fateh Al-Rahman Al-Hamdani recounts how he went undercover to document child abuse that was occurring in Islamic educational institutions, known as khalwas, in Sudan. He also writes about his personal experience as a teenager being abused by sheikhs, as well as the actions Sudan’s transitional government has taken since the publication of his investigation.

Member Profiles

Investigating South Africa’s Prison for Profit

The perpetrators of violence in South Africa tend to receive little sympathy and sparse coverage in the national press. But when Ruth Hopkins started to explore allegations of wrongdoing inside the country’s prisons, she was inundated by claims of abuse and torture. This story explores her decade-long investigation into incarceration in the country.

News & Analysis

The Problem with International Aid Funding of Journalism

Development actors often pay media organizations to publish content that often is just PR material in disguise. Journalist and media development expert Prue Clarke writes that it’s time to rethink a practice that undermines both independent journalism and the aid sector’s credibility.

Data Journalism

My Favorite Tools with Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Haddad

In this edition of our “My Favorite Tools” series, GIJN spoke with Mohammed Haddad, who leads Al Jazeera’s interactive team, AJLabs, where he uses data to create compelling visual stories. Haddad explains why he is a fan of RStudio, Nivo, Mapbox, and more.

News & Analysis

The Rapid Rise of Phone Surveillance

An investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism into phone networks based in the Channel Islands raised questions about the surveillance technology being used by corporate intelligence firms.

Data Journalism

GIJN Toolbox: Satellite Data, Tracking Usernames, and Facial Recognition

In this edition of The GIJN Toolbox — which surveys the latest tips and tools for investigative journalists — we’ll take a look at the process of analyzing satellite imagery derived from infrared radiation, a technique The New York Times used to cover a West Coast wildfire. We’ll also explore the controversial practice of using facial recognition technology, how to request NASA satellite data, a new document search tool from Google, and more.

News & Analysis

The Collaboration That Matched Award-Winning Reporters with University Students

In this article journalist Will Fischer describes how 270 students across seven universities teamed up to cover homelessness in the United States. In an ambitious nationwide investigation, Pulitzer-winning journalists served as instructors, helping the teams involved produce groundbreaking stories while teaching the next generation of reporters how to work together.