A Lesson in Investigative Reporting from ICIJ’s Implant Files

When Washington, DC-based journalist Scilla Alecci began investigating a story that would later become part of the Implant Files, she hit a brick wall: Hospitals in India wouldn’t answer her phone calls. So she took the advice of an Indian colleague and booked a flight over. Together, they started knocking on doors all over the country, leading them to unexpected discoveries.

Unlocking Laws to Set Information Free: GIJN’s Global Guide to FOI and RTI


More than 115 countries worldwide have laws that require officials to turn over public records. Of course, even in the countries that have no laws it never hurts to ask. But there’s an advantage to using an access law — variously called freedom of information laws, access to information laws, right to information and right to know laws. There are many resources for journalists seeking to file records requests in countries with laws governing access to information. To help exploit these legal tools, we’ve lined up GIJN’s Complete Global Guide to Freedom of Information, a resource with three sections:

Tips and Tricks: A collection of the best advice on how to use access laws.

তাঁরা যে আগুন ছড়িয়ে দিলেন সবখানে

শুরু চার পৃষ্ঠার এক পরীক্ষামূলক উদ্যোগ দিয়ে, যেন সদ্য লেখাপড়া শিখতে থাকা নারীরা সঠিক তথ্য পেতে পারেন। সেই উদ্যোগই একসময় রূপ নিল সংবাদপত্রে, যা কিনা নারীদের সাথে অসদাচরণ থেকে শুরু করে স্থানীয় সরকারের ত্রুটি পর্যন্ত সব কিছু উন্মোচন করতে লাগলো একে একে। খবর লহরিয়া নামের সেই পত্রিকার নাম, রাতারাতি ছড়িয়ে পড়লো জাতীয় পর্যায়ে।

Tips for Working in Oman

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Media Environment
Oman’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression, but with strong limitations. The 1984 Press and Publications law further outlines the restrictions on journalism and journalists in the country and explicitly prohibits defamation of the ruling family. It is common practice for journalists to self-censor to avoid threats, fines and arrest. Journalists and media outlets are required to obtain permits, which can be revoked for violating press laws. Foreign journalists must also obtain a license from the Publications and Publishing Department. Meanwhile, the Telecommunications Act of 2002 adds additional restrictions to online media.