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Here’s the Wrap: Highlights of #IJAsia18

The completely sold out Uncovering Asia 2018, the third Asian investigative journalism conference, was a four-day blitz of intense exchange of knowledge, networking and building new investigative partnerships. A total of 440 journalists from 48 countries convened in Seoul, Korea from October 4-7 for the largest ever gathering of investigative journalists in the region. Continue Reading →

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Free Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo: Investigative Journalists in Asia Endorse Call to Free Jailed Reporters

Journalists at the Third Asian Investigative Journalism Conference today strongly endorsed a call for governments worldwide to free imprisoned journalists. In particular, they urged the government of Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to immediately and unconditionally release two Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Continue Reading →

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One-on-One Mentoring at IJAsia18: Data Journalism and Sustainable Journalism

GIJN is excited to offer one-on-one mentoring on data journalism and sustainable journalism practices at the upcoming Asian Investigative Journalism Conference in Seoul this October 5-7. These special sessions are in addition to our regular panels and workshops, and are designed to give personalized feedback and advice on the challenges you and your organization face. Continue Reading →

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Cambodia’s Relentless Clamp Down on Press Freedom

Cambodia’s media climate was once among the freest in Southeast Asia, but in the past year Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has shut down more than 30 radio stations, ejected international nongovernmental organizations promoting democracy and press freedom, jailed journalists and enacted restrictive laws curtailing the media’s freedom of expression. Continue Reading →

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One Man’s Mission to Spread Data Journalism Across Southeast Asia

Despite increasing state-control, violence against journalists and other threats to press freedom, Southeast Asian journalists are increasingly delving into data journalism and other forms of innovative storytelling and creating a greater impact than ever before — thanks in no small part to Malaysian data journalist Kuang Keng Kuek Ser. Continue Reading →

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They Won’t Back Down: Kazakhstan’s Feisty Newspaper

Three years after recovering from an attempt on his life, journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov ditched his day job and began running a business. But he soon felt the itch to return. “I discovered that in an unfree country it is easier to be a journalist than it is to be an entrepreneur,”Akhmedyarov said. “At least we have a lot to write about.”

“Our entire staff of reporters was detained. They even took our intern.”Journalism has never been easy in Kazakhstan. Continue Reading →

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Maria Ressa Accepts WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom Award

Philippines investigative news site Rappler has been fighting impunity on two fronts for the past two years: the government in starting a brutal drug war and Facebook in becoming a tool for online state-sponsored hate to silence critical voices. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa gives an impassioned speech after receiving WAN-IFRA’s Golden Pen of Freedom Award, giving tribute to journalists and Filipinos holding the line and standing for the rule of law. Continue Reading →

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