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Investigative journalism Workshop

Investigative journalism techniques for Arab journalists

By: Lamis Issa

A physical training workshop was held in Tunis for seven journalists – four of them women – from Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon 28 – 30 June 2022. 

The workshop was part of the project “Support the right to information and investigative journalism on environmental issues in the MENA region» in cooperation with the local partner the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI ) at Manouba University in Tunisia. 

Hanene Zbiss, Trainer and Coach (Photo: Article 19 MENA).

The workshop comes within the framework of cooperation between Article 19 MENA and JMIC running for several years. The participants have also had digital lectures in access to information, the legal framework of investigative journalism and safety and security for journalists.   

During this workshop seven journalists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) were able to deepen their knowledge on investigative journalism on the following main topics: Investigative methodology, sources of information and writing an investigative report. 

From the right to the left, Joudy Asmar; Lebanese participant, and Hanene Zbiss; Trainer and Coach  (Photo: Article 19 MENA).

In addition, the training workshop allowed participants to better understand the methods for constructing the hypotheses of their investigative journalistic work, and to obtain more technical advice from the trainers and coachers, Hanene Zbiss from Tunisia and Anass Bendrif from Morocco. 

The training was also an opportunity to recall and discuss the ethical rules in journalism, and especially the exceptions allowed in matters of investigation. In addition, advice was given to them regarding their professional security and the protection of their sources. 

Anass Bendrif and Hanene Zbiss, Trainers and Coaches (Photo: Article 19 MENA).

The last day of the training workshop was devoted to discussing their future subjects for investigation. The participants will work on their individual stories with coaching until the end of the year, when they will hopefully meet for a closing  ceremony.   

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Investigative journalism

Access to information against corruption

portrait of Bidhya Rai sitting om a brown couch sitting on here phone
Bidhya Rai is young, but already known in Nepalese journalism.

Bidhya Rai (24) made headlines when her story on corruption in the western part of Nepal was published in the local daily Kantipur towards the end of last year.

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Investigative journalism

First Nepalese story out

From western Nepal (Photo: Basanta Pratap Singh)

Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) Nepal has published the first story from their project on access to information for investigative journalists:

“Corruption in the pristine land: 500 million for not a single trail” is from Khaptad, in the far west of Nepal, where millions has been spent to develop infrastructure and facilities.

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Gender Investigative journalism

Women winners of awards

Hind Mafadhel together with Hamida El Bour and Karim Belhadj Aissa and Paddy Clouther in ARTICLE 19 (to the left).

The journalists Hind Mafadhel and Sameh Gharsallah received the awards of the ‘Investigative Journalism and Access to Information (ATI) Regional Training’ project in North Africa last week. 

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Investigative journalism

Access to information and investigative journalism in Pakistan

Hundreds of people came for the the opening of the seminar Strengthening investigative journalism in Pakistan at the University of the Punjab in Lahore 14 October.

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Investigative journalism

Access to information as a tool for investigative journalism in the Maghreb

Nine journalists from Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia gathered in Tunis to learn..

On the 28th and 29th of September,  ARTICLE 19  MENA in collaboration with Journalism & Media International Center (JMIC) at  OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway, held a regional training  on investigative journalism.

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Investigative journalism Press freedom

Hanene Zbiss receives Raif Badawi Award

From the awards ceremony yesterday – from the left: Düzen Tekkal (German Yezidi Journalist), Hanene Zbiss, Ensaf Haidar (Raef Badawi’s wife) and Michaela Lissowsky (Friedrich Naumann Fondation).

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom presented the Raif Badawi Award for Courageous Journalists to Hanéne Zbiss from Tunisia at the Frankfurt Book Fair 16 October.

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Investigative journalism

Promoting Access to Information as a Driver for Sustainable Development

Sandra Musoga Waswa, Acting Regional Director,  ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa

On 25th and 26th September 2019, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa in collaboration with UNESCO and the Journalism & Media International Center of OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway, sought to undertake two major activities in commemoration of the “International Day of Universal Access to Information 2019”.

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Investigative journalism

UNESCO report launched in Palestine

From the left: Deema Assi, Farid Abudheir, Rasha Amarneh,  Hala Tannous, Hilde Haraldstad, Maher Awawdeh, Maher Abu Zant, Asaad Taffal, Reema Alamleh, Naser Saadat,  Naser Jawabreh (Photo Asem Shunnar)

The Arabic version of the UNESCO report on access to information was launched at An-Najah National University in Nablus in Palestine 29 September in cooperation with the local UNESCO office and JMIC, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Investigative journalism

Professor Chibita condemns Uganda´s hindrances to Access to Information

Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. David Bahati, Vice Chancelor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe joing alumni to celebrate 30 years of teaching journalism and Communication at Makerere University. (DJC photo)

Uganda Christian University Professor, Monica Chibita has described Uganda’s state of access to information as pitiable.