In a GIJN webinar three journalists who have experience reporting on the #MeToo movement and sexual abuse told reporters how to investigate an often-hidden crime. Among their tips are preparing interviewees for the process, investigating the story doggedly, and using alternative forms of evidence to verify your story. Read these and other tips for investigating sexual abuse allegations in GIJN’s latest tipsheet.
The subject of sexual violence remains a sensitive if not taboo subject in much of the world and often goes unreported. Watchdog journalism has started digging deeper into sexual violence, but these investigations are still few relative to the estimated number of cases worldwide. This guide is based on tips and techniques drawn from a November 2020 GIJN webinar, Investigating Sexual Abuse, and augmented by a GIJN Resource Center search of relevant case studies, useful organizations, and guides. The webinar featured speakers Lénaïg Bredoux, gender editor at Mediapart; Sophia Huang, a freelance journalist in China; Ashwaq Masoodi, a freelance journalist in India; and moderator Susanne Reber, executive producer of podcasts at Scripps, a US media company.
Useful Organizations and Guides
Tips for Reporting
Research Laws and Statistics
Use Precise Language
Recognize Your Responsibility
Here is a selection of recent stories about investigations into sexual abuse or violence.
মনে করা হয়, আন্তর্জাতিক ত্রাণ সংস্থার কর্মীরা বিশ্বজুড়ে শুধু মানবিক সহায়তা প্রদানের কাজেই নিয়োজিত থাকেন। কিন্তু বাস্তবে তারাও জড়িয়ে পড়েন নানান অপরাধে, এমনকি যৌন নিপীড়ন কেলেঙ্কারিতেও। দীর্ঘ অনুসন্ধানের মাধ্যমে, কঙ্গোর ইবোলা-কবলিত এলাকার তেমন চিত্রই তুলে ধরেছে দ্য নিউ হিউম্যানিটারিয়ান। এই লেখায় পাবেন সেই অনুসন্ধানের পেছনের গল্প।
In this global GIJN webinar we bring together three journalists from France, China and India who have substantial experience in investigating cases of sexual abuse. They will share their strategies and reporting tips, ranging from collecting evidence to how to deal with survivors and their families during and after the investigation.
Satellite imagery has become increasingly useful in establishing evidence of human rights abuses and in shining a light on dubious activities being conducted in secretive parts of the world. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 17 to 23 finds NBC News utilizing satellite data to solve a long-standing mystery about North Korean “ghost boats” washing up on Japanese shores, The New York Times analyzing footfall data to determine how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced consumer spending, and Bellingcat revealing a coordinated network of attacks on Twitter against the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).
As the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip on the news media, investigative journalism has suffered a heavy toll, disappearing from China’s newsrooms. But the recent outpouring of #MeToo reporting in China has signaled the emergence of a new genre of investigative journalism. One that is marked by a wave of user-generated content, with professional journalists serving as aggregators and fact-checkers, in addition to performing traditional reporting tasks such as deep reporting and writing.