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IJAsia18 Sells Out!

Thanks to an overwhelming response by Asia’s journalists, the third Asian Investigative Journalism Conference is now sold out. We expect over 400 journalists, press freedom advocates, media lawyers, scholars, and security experts from nearly 50 countries to join us in Seoul on October 5-7. Still interested in attending? You can get on our waiting list. Chances are the conference will have a few cancellations. Continue Reading →

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Thailand Foreign Correspondents Club Statement on Banning of Myanmar Program

The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Thai authorities to shut down a planned discussion about a hard-hitting report by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released last month. The report recommended prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders for alleged genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in ethnic minority areas. In a letter ordering the FCCT to cancel the event, the Thai police stated that the discussion might be used by ‘third parties’ to cause unrest and endanger national security. There are no grounds whatever for such suspicions. The club has regularly held orderly and informative panel discussions on current affairs for over 62 years, and these have never led to any unrest or subversion. Continue Reading →

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Political Cartoonist Zunar to Keynote IJAsia18 in Seoul

Famed Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar will keynote the 3rd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference this October 6 in Seoul, South Korea. A cartoonist since 1973, Zunar (Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque) has attracted international attention for his sharp satirical humor. The cartoonist brings the heart of an investigative journalist to his craft, digging into the corrupt acts of senior officials and other abuses of power. Until the change in government this year, Zunar had faced a decade of persecution. Malaysian authorities charged him with nine counts of sedition, threatening him with over 40 years in prison. 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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Who’s Coming to IJAsia18

Thinking of joining us at the 3rd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference? Here are 50 great reasons to go. We’re putting together a world-class line-up of top investigative reporters, pioneering data journalists, and experts in law and security. For three days in Seoul, from October 5-7, we’ll share, network, and learn from the best in the business. We’ve got top editors Maria Ressa of Rappler, Steven Gan of Malaysiakini, Wahyu Dhyatmika of Tempo and Yong Jin Kim of Newstapa, along with hard-hitting Sreenivasan Jain of India’s NDTV and the great Umar Cheema of Pakistan’s The News. 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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