The Committee to Protect Journalists announced its 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners. The awardees include: Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Sudanese news outlet Al-Taghyeer; Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, one of Vietnam's most prominent independent bloggers; Luz Mely Reyes, a Venezuelan investigative reporter and co-founder of the independent news website Efecto Cocuyo; and Anastasiya (Nastya) Stanko, a journalist and TV presenter who is a member of the "Stop censorship" movement in Ukraine. CPJ is also honoring Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
Nonprofit investigative journalism center ProPublica is marking its tenth anniversary with some impressive statistics. The New York City-based newsroom, now with a branch in Chicago, boasts a budget that will near $24 million this year, making it the world's largest investigative reporting nonprofit. The organization is supported primarily by foundations and over 34,000 individual donors. Its budget supports a staff of about 120, making it the largest member organization in GIJN's network.
Two Reuters journalists, arrested while reporting on human rights abuses in Myanmar, have been selected as recipients of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned since December 2017. At the time of their arrest, thyey were investigating the September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
A former US Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested Thursday in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records. James A. Wolfe was charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters, including Times reporter Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Wolfe. A prosecutor notified Watkins on February 13 that the Justice Department had years of customer records and subscriber information from telecommunications companies, including Google and Verizon, for two email accounts and a phone number of hers. Investigators did not obtain the content of the messages themselves.
Source: New York Times
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.
Acclaimed hip-hop chronicler Zachary Stoner was shot to death in the early hours of May 30 in Chicago. Stoner posted over 1,700 videos to his YouTube channel zacktv1, and once boasted "I'm the 'Hood CNN.'" "Authorities should thoroughly investigate the murder... including whether his journalistic work was the motive for his death," said CPJ.