In 2018, private investigator Igor Ostrovskiy revealed to US investigative reporter Ronan Farrow that he was spying on him, and became a whistleblower on the threat of “hunting journalists.” Ostrovskiy recently briefed journalists on how to deal with the growing menace of physical surveillance.
At the end of the year, GIJN compiles a list of its most viewed stories and resources. Here’s the listing for 2020’s top performing resources, including information on how to find satellite imagery and land ownership records for your investigations, as well as tips and strategies for freelancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
Как защищать свои звонки и каналы передачи файлов, проверять документы из сомнительных источников и быстро анализировать массивы неоднородных данных рассказал редактор глобальных расследований Associated Press.
অনলাইনে সাংবাদিকদের ওপর নজরদারি, হুমকি, এবং নিয়ন্ত্রণ আগেও ছিল। কিন্তু বিশেষজ্ঞরা বলছেন, কোভিডের কারণে রিপোর্টিংয়ে ডিজিটাল যোগাযোগ পদ্ধতির ব্যবহার বেড়ে যাওয়ায় এই ঝুঁকি আরো বেড়েছে। এখানে কয়েকটি উদাহরণ আছে, যেখান থেকে বোঝা যাবে নজরদারির প্রযুক্তি এখন কতটা অভিনব। আর জানা যাবে, এমন পরিস্থিতি থেকে সাংবাদিকরা নিজেদের কিভাবে নিরাপদ রাখবেন।
Investigative reporters around the world are tightening their digital safety habits, out of concern that emergency pandemic laws, new spy technologies, and the lockdown itself have exposed journalists to even greater threats of surveillance and harassment. A dozen reporters and experts interviewed by GIJN agreed that sound digital hygiene was no longer optional for journalists in the COVID-19 world — and offered 10 security tips, including threat modelling, encrypted document transfer, and virtual burner phones.
For this week’s Friday 5, where GIJN rounds up key reads from around the world in English, we’re checking out the financial loopholes authoritarians use to fund political interference in democracies, a bevy of COVID-19 resources, and a toolbox for reporters around the world to look into the closely-watched US elections.
For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with veteran American investigative reporter Ron Nixon. Now the global investigations editor for The Associated Press, Nixon shared the most important tools he uses for research, secure communications, and data analysis on many of his groundbreaking investigations.
For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with freelance journalist Sally Hayden, who has won multiple awards for her reporting on migration. She told GIJN’s Helen Massy-Beresford about the tools she uses to communicate securely with sources, record interviews, manage a freelance career, and more.
Just by committing any act of journalism, you are worthy of a data breach. Whether you’re a freelancer or on staff, here are some tips from digital security experts about what you can do to keep yourself safe from attacks.
Getting information from official or unofficial sources lies at the heart of investigative journalism. This section of the GIJN/NAJA guide covers:
How to make official requests for information
How to work with whistleblowers
How to protect yourself
Using Access Laws to Get Information
Information laws are key prying devices in the investigative toolkit. However, the unique legal status of Indigenous governmental bodies may result in unique challenges when pursuing open information requests with these entities. The freedom of information laws of the United States and Canada do not cover tribal nations and few tribes have adopted their own access laws. There are also nuances in national laws.