Data Journalism Top 10: The Taliban’s March, Border Walls Quadruple, Kenyan Corruption, White Men Like the Office

Two decades after US-led troops invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban regime, the organization has retaken control of the country. Our NodeXL mapping from August 9 to 15, found an animated map by the Financial Times showing how the Taliban captured various districts across the country before surging into the capital Kabul earlier this week. In this edition, we also feature an investigation into America’s diabetes crisis by Reuters, a look into Lionel Messi’s legacy at Barcelona by The Economist, and a piece on the history of data journalism by the Guardian.

HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM GIJN!

It’s been a tough year. We’ve lost colleagues and loved ones, cancelled plans, and postponed projects. But from the bottom of our hearts, we want you to know: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Our team is here to help, and to connect you with thousands of committed journalists worldwide who are fighting the good fight — exposing the corrupt and holding power accountable. Wishing you a great holiday and a joyous new year,

Your Friends at GIJN

P.S. That image above is from the great Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar.

A Ukrainian Investigative News Team Fights for Media Freedom

The Ukrainian investigative group Bihus.info has built a name for itself investigating corruption. It formed in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Revolution, as journalists tried to piece together some of the documents destroyed and damaged by the former regime. Today, they are battling a tough media freedom environment and investigations into their own staff and reporters which slow them down and which they see as an effort to pressure them in relation to their reporting.

Resources for Staying Healthy & Sane while Covering COVID-19

The second webinar in our series, Covering the Pandemic, focused on mental health and self-care for journalists. Resilience & Reporting: Staying Healthy & Sane featured Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and Maria Teresa Ronderos, a veteran reporter and editor from Colombia. We’ve put together a resource page with links to 15 groups and sites mentioned during the session.

Paul Manafort’s Money Laundering

Here’s 76 pages — filed in US federal court today — of excruciating detail on how former Trump presidential campaign chief Paul Manafort laundered millions of dollars from Ukraine and elsewhere between 2006 and 2015, using scores of “corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts” in the US, Grenadines, and UK.

Document of the Day: US Blacklist of Russian Oligarchs

The US Treasury Department hit Russian oligarchs and their companies with a host of new sanctions today, zeroing in on the country’s energy sector and cronies of President Vladimir Putin. Among those blacklisted: seven oligarchs, 12 companies and 17 senior government officials, including metals magnate Oleg Deripaska, who is tied in media reports to Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Here’s a look at the actual documents.