GIJN’s Bangla Edition Launches This Week

GIJN has partnered with the Bangladesh-based media development group, the Management and Resources Development Initiative, to launch GIJN in Bangla. The latest feed, which will initially launch on Facebook, is GIJN's eighth language edition and the ninth regional edition. It joins the main English language feed and editions in Arabic, Africa, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Bangla (formerly called Bengali) is the sixth most widely spoken language on Earth, with 242 million speakers largely in Bangladesh and eastern India. Nearly 180,000 people worldwide follow GIJN's daily feeds on a dozen digital platforms, bringing journalists news on the latest reporting techniques, major stories, workshops, fellowships, security threats and legal issues affecting the field.

Source: GIJN Bangla

Posted on: November 12, 2018

CPJ Representatives Detained in Tanzania

CPJ’s Africa Program coordinator Angela Quintal and the group’s sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo were arrested and detained this week by Tanzanian officials. In a series of social media posts on Wednesday evening, Quintal, who is also a board member of South African GIJN member amaBhungane, informed her followers that she and Mumo were being detained. Quintal and Mumo are in Tanzania as part of a CPJ mission. According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the two have today been released back to their hotel in Dar Es Salaam, but without their passports. It is not confirmed whether their release without their passports means charges against them remain in place.

Source: amaBhungane and CPJ

Posted on: November 8, 2018

LatAm, Middle East Conferences Coming

Hundreds of muckrakers will soon gather at the annual conferences of investigative journalists in Latin America and the Middle East. COLPIN -- the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Periodismo de Investigación -- and  the 11th Annual Forum for Arab Investigative Reporters will take place in, respectively, Bogota, Colombia on November 8-11 and November 30-December 2 in Jordan, on the Dead Sea. Both events will feature cutting-edge sessions on investigative techniques, workshops, and awards.

Source: ARIJ, COLPIN

Posted on: November 4, 2018

NYT: Blockchain Tech Won’t Save Journalism

When Civil Media Company burst on the media scene earlier this year, it was heralded by some as the key to a new financial platform for the news media. With its own blockchain technology, crypto-currency, internal rules and grants for startups, Civil promised a new era of reader trust and financing. Alas, reports the New York Times. Civil sold few of the tokens it projected and failed to convince many that it will ever be a going concern. "It was as if an Olympic weight lifter said that, at a minimum, he’d be able to clean and jerk 400 pounds," the Times wrote, "and then did not manage to move the bar more than an inch off the ground."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: November 1, 2018

Brazil: Campaign Threatens Journos, Spreads Fake News

Brazil's presidential election is being marred by disinformation and attacks on the press by supporters of far-right candidate and poll leader Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook has shut down over 100,000 WhatsApp accounts for spreading conspiracy theories about Bolsonaro’s opponent, leftist candidate Fernando Haddad. Journalists reporting on the misinformation campaign are being threatened and attacked by Bolsonaro supporters, while reporters for a major media company that supports him are being censored.

Source: Vox

Posted on: October 27, 2018

Goat’s Head, Funeral Wreath, Threats for Russia Paper

A funeral wreath, a severed goat's head and threatening notes were sent to Novaya Gazeta’s Moscow office this week in the latest threats against the paper's journalists. The funeral wreath came with a note calling reporter Denis Korotkov "a traitor to his country," while a basket containing a severed goat's head and red carnations included a note that read: "To Novaya Gazeta's chief editor. Greetings to you and Korotkov!" One of the last independent news outlets in Russia, the publication is critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government. The newspaper has said that authorities are conducting a smear campaign against Korotkov, whom authorities claimed has endangered Russian soldiers' families by publishing the personal information of pilots serving in the Russian Air Force in Syria – a story which the paper says it did not publish.

Source: CPJ and Novaya Gazeta

Posted on: October 22, 2018

How the New York Times Verifies Video

Was a video of a chemical attack really filmed in Syria? What time of day did an airstrike happen? Which military unit was involved in a shooting in Afghanistan? Is this dramatic image of glowing clouds really showing wildfires in California? These are some of the questions the video team at The New York Times has to answer when reviewing raw eyewitness videos, often posted to social media. Misinformation shared through digital social networks is a serious problem for modern-day newsrooms, with visual information in the digital age easy to manipulate and even easier to spread. What is required for conducting visual investigations based on social media content is a mix of traditional journalistic diligence and cutting-edge internet skills. Here's how the Times does it.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: October 19, 2018

Turks Tell US: We Have Proof Khashoggi Killed

The Turkish government has told US officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month. The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in October 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body. The audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. The journalist has had long-standing ties to the Saudi royal family, but has written critically of the current government and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: October 12, 2018

Bulgarian Journalist Marinova Murdered

Bulgarian TV reporter Viktoria Marinova, 30, has become the third European journalist murdered this year. Marinova’s body, raped and beaten, was found in a park in the city of Ruse on Saturday. The murder of the host and director for regional TV network TVN.bg has drawn international condemnation. Marinova launched a TV show called “Detektor” in September and in the first and only aired episode she interviewed two journalists from investigative outlets Rise Project and Bivol—who were detained in September while probing alleged fraud involving EU funds tied to Bulgarian businessmen and politicians. TVN has been one of few Bulgarian media outlets reporting on Bivol’s investigation. Drew Sullivan, Editor in Chief at OCCRP, called for an independent investigation into Marinova’s murder.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: October 10, 2018

IJAsia18 Kicks Off This Weekend in Seoul

The largest ever investigative journalism conference in Asia, Uncovering Asia 2018, kicked off Thursday evening with a welcome reception in Seoul. More than 440 journalists from 48 countries will be attending the conference, which will see 126 speakers in over 60 sessions on topics ranging from cross border investigations and data journalism to investigating criminal networks and corporate crime. The conference will run from October 5 to 7 and is hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (Newstapa) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Source: GIJN

Posted on: October 4, 2018