My Favorite Tools with Katherine Eban

For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with Katherine Eban, who has won awards for her work on gun trafficking, pharmaceutical counterfeits, and CIA interrogations. She described some of the low-tech tools and old-school strategies that have helped her break major stories on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governments Delay Access to Information Due to COVID-19

Governments around the world, some which have sent workers home, are announcing interruptions in responding to freedom of information requests. Journalists are being told to expect delays in more than a dozen countries. But press freedom advocates warn that countries are taking big steps backward just when the free flow of information is most needed. GIJN’s Toby McIntosh rounds up some of the nations which have been affected.

The 20 Leading Digital Predators of Press Freedom Around the World

Reporters Sans Frontieres published, for the first time, a list of press freedom’s 20 worst digital predators in 2020. Whether state offshoots, private-sector companies, or informal entities, they reflect a reality of power at the end of the 21st century’s second decade, in which investigative reporters and other journalists who cause displeasure risk being the targets of predatory activity by often hidden actors.

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.

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।