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GIJC23 - Rewriting History: Investigations that Change Our Understanding of the Past
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GIJC23 – Rewriting History: Investigations that Change Our Understanding of the Past

The best historians and investigative journalists share a great deal: they go after primary sources, they follow the trails of money and accountability, and they put events in a broader context that the public can understand. Often those events look shockingly different just 20 or 30 years later, based on documents, data, and interviews.

Here are three extraordinary examples of this unique kind of reporting. Jose Maria Irujo and his partner at El Pais followed the trail of Franco-era terrorists from Spain to Latin America, and revealed a shocking history that many in Spain would like to have forgotten. Catherine Porter and her team at the New York Times put together the troubling story of how France demanded reparations from newly independent Haiti, forcing the country into the worst poverty in the Western Hemisphere. And moderator Kunda Dixit will double as a speaker, giving us a look at his trilogy of photographic books revealing the full scope of Nepal’s bloody civil war — and the remarkable reaction they received by Nepalis nationwide.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—with special attention to those from repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

Our key activities include:

Providing resources and networking services to investigative journalists worldwide;
Publishing in multiple languages and on multiple platforms the latest tools, techniques and opportunities for those in the field;
Helping organize and promote regional and international training conferences and workshops;
Assisting in the formation and sustainability of journalism organizations involved in investigative reporting and data journalism around the world;
Supporting and promoting best practices in investigative and data journalism;
Supporting and promoting efforts to ensure free access to public documents and data worldwide.

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