Puerto Rico Ordered: Open Death Records

A Puerto Rican judge ruled Monday that the Puerto Rican government has seven days to release death certificates and related data to CNN and GIJN member, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico. Both organizations are investigating the true toll of Hurricane Maria and sued for access to the records. The decision comes amid controversy over the US territory's handling of the official death toll from the hurricane, which battered the Caribbean island on September 20. Puerto Rico had argued that some information contained in death certificates should be kept private in order to protect the identities of the dead.

Source: CNN

Posted on: June 6, 2018

CNN To Expand I-Team by 12 Reporters

As the Trump Administration ratchets up its war on the press, top target CNN is re-dedicating itself to watchdog journalism by sharply expanding its investigative unit and hiring as contributing editors Pulitzer Prize winners Carl Bernstein and Jim Steele. The network says it will add at least a dozen reporters to a consolidated investigative team. Says Bernstein: "Hopefully, other networks will do the same."

Source: NPR

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Think Tank Investigative Journalism: NSA Spying

Did the NSA's blanket surveillance really stop terrorists? Check out this work by an investigative team led by CNN contributor Peter Bergen at the New America Foundation. Here's more evidence of how investigative journalists are finding new outlets -- and new bases of support -- to do public interest journalism.

Source: New America Foundation

Posted on: January 18, 2014