Microsoft to Install NewsGuard Label on Mobile Browser

NewsGuard, the startup that creates the equivalent of nutrition labels for news organizations’ transparency and credibility, announced that Microsoft has agreed to install the service onto its mobile browser. The company uses a team of 50 journalists and analysts to evaluate news sites based on nine criteria and hopes to become a regular part of users’ online reading experience. The effort is led by a pair of veteran news executives — Steven Brill, an author and the founder of the magazine The American Lawyer, and Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

Source: NYT and The Idea

Posted on: January 23, 2019

Investigative Journalist Shot Dead in Ghana

Unidentified men on motorbikes shot Ahmed Hussein-Suale three times in the capital Accra, according to local media reports. Hussein-Suale was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations and had investigated corruption in Ghana's football leagues. The undercover report on cash gifts led to a lifetime ban for the former head of Ghana's Football Association. BBC Africa Eye made a documentary about the scandal last year after gaining access to the investigation led by journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas, who runs Tiger Eye. After the BBC broadcast the football documentary, Ghanaian MP Kennedy Agyapong circulated photos of Mr Hussein-Suale and called for retribution against him.

Source: BBC

Posted on: January 18, 2019

Bellingcat and Reuters’ Journalists Named FP’s Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy is releasing its annual list of the top 100 Global Thinkers. While the full list goes live on next week, the publication is slowly releasing its picks. Three journalists have already been named. Eliot Higgins, from GIJN member Bellingcat, has been tapped following “breakthrough revelations” from Ukraine and Syria, using open-source intelligence to track down the identities of two Russian operatives who allegedly poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK. Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed for their investigation into ongoing violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, have also been named.

Source: Foreign Policy

Posted on: January 16, 2019

Big Japan Pharma Payments Exposed

The Waseda Chronicle, Japan's first nonprofit investigative reporting center, unveiled a major project this week exposing nearly $245 million in payments by the pharmaceutical industry to the nation's medical doctors. At the center of the project is a public database, “Money for Docs,” which the reporting team pulled together despite barriers of cost and access put up by the industry. Included are payments made by 71 pharmaceutical firms. Japan's pharma industry is the world's third largest, after the US and China. Fees for "lectures" accounted for 84% of the payments, the team found.

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: January 15, 2019

Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal for AP Duo

Myanmar’s High Court rejected the appeal of two Reuters journalists jailed last year on charges of violating the country’s colonial-era secrets law. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced in September to seven years in prison by a district court after a months-long trial in which a key prosecution witness admitted in court that their arrests were a setup. The two journalists were reporting on the situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. More than 720,000 Rohingya have fled violence in the country.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: January 11, 2019

Investigative Center Named After Murdered Slovak Journalist

The formation of the newly-created Investigative Centre of Ján Kuciak (ICJK) was announced this week. Named after the Slovak journalist who was murdered last year, ICJK aims to be a platform for the collaboration of Slovak investigative journalists with their colleagues abroad, as well as those working in other Slovak media outlets. Based on the model of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, ICJK has already signed an agreement with the OCCRP, which unites and supports journalism projects focused on revealing corruption and international organized crime in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Source: Slovak Spectator

Posted on: January 10, 2019

Turkish Journalist Faces Prison Over Paradise Papers

Journalist Pelin Ünker has been sentenced to jail over the Paradise Papers investigation after being found to have defamed Turkey’s former prime minister and two of his sons. An Istanbul court sentenced the ICIJ member to imprisonment for 13 months for “defamation and insult.” Ünker, who reported that former prime minister Binali Yildirim and his sons owned companies in Malta in the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, was also fined $US1615. Prime minister from May 2016 to July 2018, Yildirim became speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly after the post of Prime Minister was abolished. Following her sentencing, Ünker told ICIJ that she intended to appeal what was an extraordinary but unsurprising court ruling. Ünker said what made the “world first” ruling so remarkable was that the complainants acknowledged that her articles were true.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: January 9, 2019

India’s Goenka Awards Honor IJ Reports

India's most prestigious journalism award honored an impressive set of watchdog reporting this week. Sponsored by The Indian Express, the annual Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism prizes awarded stories on a tax scam and payoffs, shoddy government construction, India's notorious sand mafia, and caste discrimination, among 28 winners in 18 categories.

Source: Indian Express

Posted on: January 6, 2019

Danske Bank Named Corrupt Actor of 2018

Denmark's Danske Bank beat out a record 22 other contenders to be named Corrupt Actor of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The bank, tied to a €230 billion money laundering scandal, won the dubious honor over Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian President Viktor Orban, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and US President Donald Trump.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: December 29, 2018

Israeli Court Orders Paper to Pay for Revealing Source

A Tel Aviv court has ordered the newspaper Haaretz and its reporter Uri Blau to pay nearly US$20,000 to a confidential source who provided classified material. The paper and Blau failed to exercise proper caution to protect the whistleblower, Anat Kamm, who provided Blau with a USB drive holding 1500 classified military documents, the court ruled, and ordered them to pay Kamm's court costs. Kamm ended up serving over a year in prison.

Source: Haaretz

Posted on: December 28, 2018