African Investigative Journalism Takes on the Kleptocrats

A collective of African Investigative journalists has found that publishing stories about corruption in their home countries doesn’t always put much pressure on those leaders who plunder state resources, but publishing in the countries where their donors live has the potential to hit them where it hurts — their bank accounts.

كيف فعلها هؤلاء: تتبُع الجولات الكثيرة لرئيس الكاميرون

بقلم إمانويل فرودينتال

. إحتدم غضب حكومة الكاميرون بعد  التحقيق في “الرحلات الخاصة” الممتدة للرئيس بول بيا بعيدا عن بلده. إليكم كيف تعاون ثلاثة صحفيين عبر القارات لحساب أيامه في الخارج وبناء قصتهم. كان الأمر واضحاً. كانت الرحلات الخارجية العديدة للرئيس بول بيا قد أغضبت العديد من الكاميرونيين، خاصة بسبب إغلاق الشوارع الذي يُرافق عودته الأمر الذي قد يُوقف حركة المرور لساعات في العاصمة ياوندي.

How They Did It: Tracking the Copious Travels of Cameroon’s President

The full scale of Cameroon’s President Paul Biya’s jaunts abroad since he took power 35 years ago had never been calculated until now. Journalist Emmanuel Freudenthal details how he and two of his colleagues painstakingly pored over almost 4,000 newspaper pages to establish the number of days Biya had spent overseas on private trips and the amount the lavish trips cost the country.

African Muckracking: Exposing Genocide

Launched at #GIJC17, African Muckraking: 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from Africa is a collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans about Africa. This collection of 41 pieces of African journalism includes passionate and committed writing on labour abuses, police brutality, women’s rights, the struggle for democracy and independence on the continent. Here’s an excerpt from the book.

Global IJ Conference Program Released

We are happy to share the full schedule for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, now just six weeks away. We’re still tinkering with it, but you’ll find over 150 events. Thanks to journalists and supporters worldwide, this conference keeps growing: we now expect over 900 participants from 100 countries. There’s still room if you want to join what will be the muckraking event of the year.

Africa’s Internet Shutdowns Stifling Press Freedom

In the run-up to #GIJC17 in Johannesburg in November, we are publishing a series of articles on the state of journalism in Africa to give conference-goers perspective on the continent. In this piece, researcher Jonathan Rozen shows how internet shutdowns in Ethiopia, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon are impacting journalists.