Editor’s Pick: Best Investigative Stories from Mainland China in 2018

Chinese journalists have broken stories this year on medical abuses, #MeToo and the environment, leading to government prosecution, consumer uproar and boycott, and disciplinary actions. Here are some of the best investigative journalism work in China in 2018, nominated by practicing Chinese journalists and media professionals, and selected by the GIJN Chinese team.

Document of the Day: Indicting Venezuela’s TV Mogul Belisario

We love indictments, and here’s one that caught our eye at GIJN: a recently unsealed document from the US Department of Justice last month, alleging that Venezuelan television mogul Raul Gorrin Belisario was part of a billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme that paid off high-level Venezuelan government officials. Belisario is no ordinary exile…

How They Did It: Digging up Zimbabwe’s Gukurahundi Massacre Dossier

Earlier this year, Botswana’s INK Centre for Investigative Journalism tracked down a dossier which detailed the heinous crimes of Gukurahundi — a series of massacres of civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army in the 1980s — which had been kept under lock and key for decades. It was the first time the names of the deceased and blow-by-blow accounts of how the executions were carried out were made available to the public. INK’s Ntibinyane Ntibinyane writes for GIJN on how they did it.

How Satellite Imagery Became an Indispensable — and Easily Accessible — Tool for Journalists

Satellite imagery has become an indispensable tool in journalism, whether it’s for fact-finding or gauging the impact of a particular situation, reporting on climate events or understanding more about conflict zones, Geospatial tech wiz Anusuya Datta breaks down how satellite imagery has become an indispensable tool, sharing resources and providing guidelines for beginners.

GIJN’s Investigative Toolbox: Backgrounding People and Companies

When it comes to doing investigations using online tools, there is no one tool that will answer all of your questions. Instead you’ll most likely need to build slowly towards the answer using a jumble of jigsaw pieces — a name here, a connection there. The good news is that there are dozens of tools that can be used to find the pieces to your puzzle. GIJN’s Alastair Otter has pulled together tools that can be used to help build a profile of someone — or their business.