Follow #GIJC17 On Conference Website

For those of you who couldn’t make it to Joburg, be sure follow us from home to check out the highlights of what we’re calling #GIJC17. Check out our lively conference website — gijc2017.org – where you’ll find news, tipsheets, a list of speakers and the full schedule, as well as our Twitter Wall with all the latest talk about the conference. We also encourage you to follow our social media feeds (in seven languages) which will be packed with stories and information about panels, speakers and conference happenings.

Source: GIJC2017

Posted on: November 16, 2017

Global Media Startup Competition Launches

The Startups for News competition is now open for startups with innovative products and services that could help media organizations work more efficiently. Applications for the program, organized by the Global Editors Network in partnership with Journalism.co.uk, are open until January 1, 2018, after which the international jury will select 16 startups to participate in online pitch battles. Eight finalists will be selected to pitch on stage in front of around 750 media leaders at the GEN Summit in Lisbon, where the winner of the competition will be chosen.

Source: Journalism.co.uk

Posted on: November 8, 2017

ICIJ Launches New “Paradise Papers”

In a sequel to its groundbreaking Panama Papers project, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today released a new exposé into financial secrets of the rich and powerful: The Paradise Papers. Partnering with Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung and, the team sifted through over 13.4 million leaked files from offshore law firm  trust company Asiaciti; and company registries of 19 secrecy jurisdictions exposes offshore activities of over 120 politicians and world leaders, including ties of Trump allies, Kremlin associates and Queen Elizabeth II.

Source: ICIJ

Posted on: November 5, 2017

News Integrity Initiative Awards $2.5 Million

The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism announced $2.5 million in grants to Internews and the European Journalism Centre to support community-focused journalism around the globe. Combined, the groups work in more than 150 countries. The initiative is building an alliance of partners from different sectors – academia, media, tech, nonprofits, community organizations and others – devoted to a vision of journalism that serves as a force for building trust, empathy and solutions in communities.

Source: CUNY

Posted on: November 3, 2017

Forbidden Stories: New IJ Reporting Project

Reporters Without Borders and Freedom Voices Network announced the launch of Forbidden Stories, a project to secure the data and information of threatened journalists and, when journalists are arrested or killed, to continue and publish their investigative reporting. Every year, the project will conduct one or two in-depth collaborative investigations alongside a network of international partner media outlets. The first story will focus on the work of Mexican journalists Cecilio Pineda, Miroslava Breach and Javier Valdez who were killed because of their investigative reporting on drug cartels.

Source: RSF

Posted on: November 1, 2017

Bad News: Interpol Red Notices Abused

Red notices have become a tool of political abuse by oppressive regimes, according to the Index on Censorship. Since August, at least six journalists have been targeted across Europe by international arrest warrants issued by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. A spokesperson from the Index on Censorship said Interpol’s own constitution bars it from interventions that are political in nature and said that in all these cases, the accusations against the journalists were politically motivated. In the most recent case on 21 October, journalist and blogger Zhanara Akhmet from Kazakhstan was detained in Ukraine on an Interpol warrant and is currently in a temporary detention facility.

Source: Index on Censorship

Posted on: October 30, 2017

Car Bomb Kills Maltese Journalist

In the latest attack on reporters, a car bomb has murdered a top investigative journalist on the island nation of Malta, near Sicily. Daphne Caruana Galizia had dug into local ties to figures named in the Panama Papers and ran an uncompromising blog, Running Commentary. Galizia joined The Sunday Times of Malta as a columnist in 1987 and then worked as associate editor of The Malta Independent. In 2016, Politico dubbed her one of 28 people "shaping, shaking and stirring Europe." She is the mother of Matthew Caruana Galizia, a data journalist with ICIJ, which put out a statement expressing deep concern "about freedom of the press in Malta" and calling for "Maltese authorities to investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice."

Source: ICIJ, Times of Malta

Posted on: October 16, 2017

WSJ Reporter Convicted in Turkey

A Wall Street Journal reporter has been convicted of producing “terrorist propaganda” in Turkey and was sentenced to more than two years in prison. Ayla Albayrak, who was charged over an August 2015 article in the newspaper, was convicted in absentia. The offending story chronicled the government’s efforts to quell unrest among the nation’s Kurdish separatists, “firing tear gas and live rounds in a bid to reassert control of several neighborhoods.” Turkey jails more journalists than any country in the world, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: October 12, 2017

E. Europe Investigative Network Launched

Journalists in the Visegrad region of Eastern Europe have launched a new cross-border investigative journalism initiative, VSquare. The network includes three GIJN members -- Poland's Reporters Foundation, Hungary's Atlatszo, and the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism. Its goals: "to give citizens access to verified information through in-depth, high quality investigative reporting and to promote investigative journalism as a public good... to support our colleagues and train the future generations of journalists... to serve as watchdogs over public affairs, governments and businesses, and uncover any abuses of power and corruption...  that might be bypassed by the mainstream media."

Source: VSquare

Posted on: October 8, 2017

Brazil Congress Restricts Criticism

Brazil's Congress this week approved legislation allowing parties and political candidates to force social media to immediately withdraw anonymous content deemed offensive or somehow defamatory. The law is being harshly criticized by civil liberties and freedom of expression groups. Under the law, social media will need to provide the identification and social security number of authors to keep their comments online.

Source: VOA

Posted on: October 6, 2017