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.

Scenes from Slovakia: Protesting the Murder of Journalist Ján Kuciak

The murder of Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, both 27, have sparked protests since the killings on February 25. On Friday, tens of thousands gathered at the Slovak National Uprising Square in Bratislava to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government and a thorough investigation of Kuciak’s death. Feature image by Tomáš Benedikovič.