For those of you who couldn’t make it to Joburg, be sure follow us from home to check out the highlights of what we’re calling #GIJC17. Check out our lively conference website — gijc2017.org – where you’ll find news, tipsheets, a list of speakers and the full schedule, as well as our Twitter Wall with all the latest talk about the conference. We also encourage you to follow our social media feeds (in seven languages) which will be packed with stories and information about panels, speakers and conference happenings.
The Startups for News competition is now open for startups with innovative products and services that could help media organizations work more efficiently. Applications for the program, organized by the Global Editors Network in partnership with Journalism.co.uk, are open until January 1, 2018, after which the international jury will select 16 startups to participate in online pitch battles. Eight finalists will be selected to pitch on stage in front of around 750 media leaders at the GEN Summit in Lisbon, where the winner of the competition will be chosen.
In a sequel to its groundbreaking Panama Papers project, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today released a new exposé into financial secrets of the rich and powerful: The Paradise Papers. Partnering with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung and, the team sifted through over 13.4 million leaked files from offshore law firm trust company Asiaciti; and company registries of 19 secrecy jurisdictions exposes offshore activities of over 120 politicians and world leaders, including ties of Trump allies, Kremlin associates and Queen Elizabeth II.
The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism announced $2.5 million in grants to Internews and the European Journalism Centre to support community-focused journalism around the globe. Combined, the groups work in more than 150 countries. The initiative is building an alliance of partners from different sectors – academia, media, tech, nonprofits, community organizations and others – devoted to a vision of journalism that serves as a force for building trust, empathy and solutions in communities.
Reporters Without Borders and Freedom Voices Network announced the launch of Forbidden Stories, a project to secure the data and information of threatened journalists and, when journalists are arrested or killed, to continue and publish their investigative reporting. Every year, the project will conduct one or two in-depth collaborative investigations alongside a network of international partner media outlets. The first story will focus on the work of Mexican journalists Cecilio Pineda, Miroslava Breach and Javier Valdez who were killed because of their investigative reporting on drug cartels.
Red notices have become a tool of political abuse by oppressive regimes, according to the Index on Censorship. Since August, at least six journalists have been targeted across Europe by international arrest warrants issued by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. A spokesperson from the Index on Censorship said Interpol’s own constitution bars it from interventions that are political in nature and said that in all these cases, the accusations against the journalists were politically motivated. In the most recent case on 21 October, journalist and blogger Zhanara Akhmet from Kazakhstan was detained in Ukraine on an Interpol warrant and is currently in a temporary detention facility.
Source: Index on Censorship