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.

La historia detrás de la historia: el país de las 2 mil fosas

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México es un país de muchas capas y desenterrar sus historias escondidas puede ser una tarea tan desgarradora como peligrosa. Frente a esta situación, un grupo de reporteros y fotógrafos independientes, en distintos puntos del país, decidieron formar un colectivo y arriesgarse a contestar una pregunta fundamental: ¿A dónde van los desaparecidos? Los mexicanos han estado desapareciendo desde hace décadas, pero a partir del 2006, cuando el presidente Felipe Calderón cambió su política de seguridad, invirtiendo millones en las fuerzas armadas para librar una guerra contra los carteles del narcotráfico, las cifras de asesinatos y desapariciones se dispararon. Para el final de su sexenio, la “guerra contra el narco” de Calderón había dejado un saldo de más de 47.000 muertos. Su sucesor, Enrique Peña Nieto, prometió frenar la violencia pero el desangre continuó, como lo demuestran las cifras: la tasa de homicidio en México (29 por cada 100,000 habitantes) se ha triplicado desde el 2007 y desde el 2006 se han reportado más de 40 mil casos de desaparecidos.

Global Shining Light Finalist: The Country with 2,000 Graves (Mexico)

In the run-up to the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg this September 26 to 29, we’re featuring one Global Shining Light Award finalist per day. Check out “The Country With 2,000 Graves,” by the collective “A donde van los desaparecidos” and Quinto Elemento Lab.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Data Complexity, Forking Paths, Post-Brexit

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 12 to 18 finds information designer Giorgia Lupi discussing how to embrace data complexity, The New York Times Opinion building a forking path visualization to predict an individual’s political leanings, the Guardian visualizing Brexit’s potential impact on the UK’s food imports, and El Universal Mexico looking at the incidences of crime claiming young victims.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Moscow Garbage, Mexican Homicide, EU Ideologies

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from May 13 to 19 finds a preview snippet on sensible charts from @albertocairo’s upcoming book “How Charts Lie,” @ladatamx’s report on homicides in Mexico, @RepublikMagazin’s analysis on the changing ideologies of political parties in the European Union, and a recap of the Data Journalism UK conference by @paulbradshaw.