#COVID19 and Global Organized Crime

#CovidCrimeWatch is a new initiative by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime that explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on illicit economies across the globe. Every week it will publish a selection of stories from across the world that examine the relationship between the global health crisis and organized crime. From a slowing down of the drugs trade, to an increase in counterfeit goods, the spread of the virus will have dramatic consequences for the world of organized crime. Be sure to check out the report "Crime and Contagion: The Impact of a Pandemic on Organized Crime."

Source: Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Governments Crack Down on Journalists Covering COVID-19

As CPJ's Executive Director Joel Simon writes, governments are cracking down on journalists and implementing sweeping restrictions under the guise of combating misinformation and “fake news.” He notes that in recent days, police in Venezuela violently detained a journalist and social media commentator in reprisal for reporting on COVID-19, while in Iran, the government has imposed sweeping restrictions on coverage as part of a systematic effort to downplay the scope of the public health crisis. Meanwhile, Egypt has pressured journalists to downplay the number of infections, going so far as to revoke the credentials of a Guardian correspondent and reprimanding the bureau chief for the New York Times because of a tweet.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: March 25, 2020

Italy: IRPI Launches Investigative Hub

Italy's groundbreaking investigative nonprofit, the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), has launched its first online media outlet, IrpiMedia. After seven years producing content for other media, IRPI can now feature stories on its own website. IRPI, which has won international acclaim for its investigations into organized crime, will feature on the new site written investigations as well as podcasts and documentaries. The site also includes an secure tip box for anonymous tips, called IrpiLeaks  

Source: IRPI

Posted on: March 23, 2020

amaBhungane Marks 10 Years of Digging

South Africa's groundbreaking investigative nonprofit, GIJN member amaBhungane, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Spun off from the Mail & Guardian, journalists Stefaans Brummer, Sam Sole and their colleagues have built a nonprofit newsroom and training center with a team of 12 and annual budget of nearly US$600,000. The group's investigative prowess is well known in Africa, but amaBhungane drew international acclaim for its award-winning reports on the so-called Gupta Leaks story, helping lead to the resignation of former South African President Jacob Zuma. As for the name amaBhungane: it translates as “dung beetles,” a Zulu version of muckrakers.

Source: amaBhungane

Posted on: March 19, 2020

Columbia J-School Bans Field Reporting

Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City-based Columbia Journalism School has banned all student field reporting for at least six to eight weeks. "Effective immediately, no J-School students or researchers should conduct in-person reporting, filming, recording or interviews for Columbia classes or projects," wrote deans Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel in an email today to students and faculty. "We can make the best of these circumstances by intensifying our engagement with reporting from a distance," they added, citing as an example "international coverage of the Syrian war." They noted that "video and visual production classes will face the greatest challenges."

Source: Columbia Journalism School

Posted on: March 15, 2020

Asian Investigative Journalism Conference Canceled

Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, the Global Investigative Journalism Network announced Friday that it is canceling this year’s Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, which was slated for October 16-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. IJAsia20 would have been the fourth Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, which previously met in Manila, Kathmandu, and Seoul. Instead, GIJN will begin work on next year’s Global Conference and a host of new projects, and promises to return to Asia in 2022.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: March 14, 2020

RSF’s List of Press Freedom’s Digital Predators

To mark this year’s World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has unveiled its list of press freedom’s 20 worst digital predators in 2020 -- companies and government agencies that use digital technology to spy on and harass journalists and thereby jeopardize our ability to get news and information. The list is divided into four categories, according to the nature of their activities: harassment, state censorship, disinformation, or spying and surveillance.

Source: RSF

Posted on: March 12, 2020

NICAR Attendee Tests Positive for COVID-19

With the coronavirus continuing its global spread, journalism conferences -- like other events -- are being cancelled one after another. The cancellations are difficult decisions, weighing medical risk and at times conflicting advice against months of planning and investments in transportation, accommodation, and meals. One conference that went ahead last weekend was the annual NICAR data journalism gathering. The usually teeming data fest was thinner than usual when it was held March 5-8 in New Orleans. Now it turns out that one of the attendees has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-quarantine. Conference sponsor IRE, citing advice from the Centers for Disease Control, is telling attendees to alert their local health care provider.

Source: IRE

Posted on: March 10, 2020

NICAR Tipsheets for Data Journalists

Check out the data journalism tipsheets and presentations from IRE and NICAR. The annual conference was held in New Orleans from March 5-8. You'll find a trove of tips of data journalism basics, such as how to scrape the web or how to up your Excel game, to how to interview your data. There's also a master class on statistics for journalists, an intro to R and RStudio, tips on the fundamentals of Python, ideas for using crime and policing data, how to get started with Tableau Public, researching data's international connections, and digital sleuthing tips from Bellingcat. Keep checking the page for the latest additions.

Source: IRE

Posted on: March 10, 2020

Civitates Offers €2m to European Journ. Orgs

Civitates, an alliance of European donors, has opened its first round of grant-giving for independent, public interest journalism organizations across Europe. Up to €2 million in core funding will be awarded. Deadline is this April 30. Civitates began in 2018 and now has backing from 16 foundations, including Adessium, Luminate, Oak, and Open Society.

Source: Civitates

Posted on: March 7, 2020