Break-in at Botswana Investigative Center

A break-in at the INK Centre for investigative Journalism in Gaborone this past weekend has raised concerns that intolerance towards media is growing in Botswana. The break-in at the GIJN member organization came after the center's managing partner, Joel Konopo, was told to report to police in connection with an intelligence report. The report, which was leaked to journalists last year, claimed the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services is running an operation intended to disrupt the opposition ahead of the 2019 election. Police have indicated they may bring charges against INK and other publications under legislation which prohibits the publication of material that may create panic or disturb public peace.

Source: Daily Maverick

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Police Chief Credits Journalists for Protecting Cops

The police chief of a small Alabama town is thanking investigative journalists for helping protect his cops. Mike Ready, chief of the McIntosh Police Department, publicly thanked reporters at the local FOX10 News TV station after they dug into leaks of toxic chlorine at a nearby chemical plant. The station began to investigate after a police officer fell ill when responding to a leak in February, and revealed that 738 pounds of chlorine gas had escaped. The cops now have better response gear. Said Ready: "I don't think it would have been taken very seriously if you guys hadn't have gone in and done your investigative reporting on it. You guys played a huge part.. our officers needed... this equipment."

Source: FOX10 News

Posted on: July 13, 2017