40+ Groups Condemn Brazil Charges Against Intercept’s Greenwald

More than 40 press freedom and human rights groups worldwide have sent a letter to Brazilian authorities condemning cybercrime charges brought against American Glenn Greenwald this week, branding them a blatant attempt to intimidate Greenwald and other journalists by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. "The government has essentially criminalized engaging in legitimate journalistic practices, which threatens to have a chilling effect on journalists and sources alike," the statement warned.  

Source: RSF

Posted on: January 25, 2020

Philip Meyer Award Winners Announced

A sophisticated investigation that used machine learning to track hidden evidence connected to the opioid epidemic is the first-place winner in the 2019 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards, which will be presented on March 7 in New Orleans during the 2020 NICAR Conference. Other top awards go to investigations that uncovered substantial fire risks to communities in the West and tracked the causes of a refugee crisis in South Sudan. The Meyer Award recognizes the best uses of empirical methods in journalism, and honors Philip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Source: IRE

Posted on: January 24, 2020

Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes

Federal prosecutors in Brazil charged American journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes for his role in bringing to light cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anti-corruption task force. In a criminal complaint made public on Tuesday, prosecutors in the capital, Brasília, accused Greenwald of being part of a “criminal organization” that hacked into the cellphones of several prosecutors and other public officials last year. Greenwald, an ardent critic of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a deeply polarizing figure in Brazil, where his work is lionized by leftists and condemned as partisan and heavy handed by officials in the Bolsonaro administration. The news organization Greenwald co-founded, The Intercept Brasil, published articles last year based on the leaked cellphone messages that raised questions about the integrity and the motives of key members of Brazil’s justice system.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: January 22, 2020

Luanda Leaks: ICIJ’s Latest Investigation

The Luanda Leaks investigation shows how Isabel dos Santos became Africa’s richest woman. A leaked trove of financial and business records reveals how she moved hundreds of millions of dollars in public money out of one of the poorest countries on the planet and into a labyrinth of companies and subsidiaries, many of them in offshore secrecy jurisdictions around the world. The records also show how Western financial firms, lawyers, accountants and government officials — from Lisbon to London and Luanda, from Malta to Dubai — were only too happy to help. The investigation is largely based on more than 715,000 documents obtained by the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa. Over more than eight months, more than 120 journalists from ICIJ and 36 media organizations in 20 countries pursued leads in the documents and plumbed their significance.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: January 20, 2020

Bangladeshi Editors Face Arrest Warrants

Press freedom advocates and leading Bangladeshi citizens are condemning arrest warrants issued for top daily Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and nine others in that country. The case, filed over the accidental death of a school boy during a youth group event, appears targeted to punish the outspoken paper for its tough watchdog reporting. In a joint statement Friday, 47 eminent citizens called the case politically motivated. 

Source: Prothom Alo

Posted on: January 19, 2020

Lift the Travel Ban Against Khadija Ismayilova

UK-based rights groups are urging Azerbaijan to lift investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova's travel ban. Ismayilova was detained in December 2014 and sentenced in September 2015 to seven-and-a-half years in prison on trumped-up charges. She was conditionally released in May 2016, but three and a half years later still remains subject to a travel ban and has been unable to leave the country. Lawyers will be seeking permission for Ismayilova to travel to the UK to give evidence in the trial of Paul Radu, a Romanian journalist who is co-founder and executive director of OCCRP. Radu is being sued for defamation in London by Azerbaijani MP, Javanshir Feyziyev, over two articles in OCCRP’s award-winning Azerbaijan Laundromat series about money-laundering out of Azerbaijan. Ismayilova, OCCRP’s lead reporter in Azerbaijan, is a key witness in the case.

Source: RSF

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends

The Reuters Institute identified five trends for 2020 and published five looking forward essays by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Meera Selva, Richard Fletcher, Lucy Kueng, and Eduardo Suárez in their recent report Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2020. On the cards: More websites will demand registration details in return for content; elections around the world will be another chance for purveyors of misinformation and disinformation to try new tactics to overwhelm platform defences; feature-rich headphones will give a further boost to audio formats; 5G networks will continue to roll out around the world; transcription, automated translation, and speech-to-text text-to-speech services will be some of the first AI-driven technologies to reach mass adoption.

Source: Reuters Institute

Posted on: January 15, 2020

Study: How Foundation Funding Impacts Journalism

A study by researchers Patrick Ferrucci and Jacob L. Nelson explores how the rise in foundation funding is effecting newsrooms. This study, which was published in the journal Media and Communication in December, utilizes more than 40 interviews with journalists at digitally native nonprofit news organizations and employees from foundations that fund nonprofit journalism to better understand the impact of foundation funding on journalistic practice. The study, entitled, The New Advertisers: How Foundation Funding Impacts Journalism, explores the rapidly expanding role of foundations as a revenue source for news publishers, which raises an important questions about how foundations exercise their influence over the newsrooms they fund.

Source: Media and Communication

Posted on: January 13, 2020

Join Our Global Team: GIJN is Hiring

Interested in working for an exciting nonprofit which is helping to strengthen investigative journalism around the world? GIJN is hiring for three positions, including Associate Editor, Resource Center Director, and Events Coordinator. You can read more about the positions -- and apply for them -- directly on our Work for GIJN page. Deadline for the Associate Editor position is January 31, while the Resource Center Director and Events Coordinator applications should reach us by February 15.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: January 9, 2020

Apply Now for Global Data Journalism Award

The Sigma Awards is a new international competition marking the most outstanding examples of data journalism. It will help fill the void left behind by the Data Journalism Awards, which since 2012 had been run by the now-defunct Global Editors Network. The DJAs were the first international ceremony to celebrate and support data-driven storytelling, and received over 600 award submissions from more than 80 countries in 2019. The first round of the Sigma Awards will have six categories and award nine winners with an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. Applications for the first round of awards are due February 3.

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: January 8, 2020