With the Trump White House kicking off its first press briefing this weekend with blatant falsehoods and unprecedented press bashing, the U.S. media is in uncharted waters. As major media hit back, branding Trump team statements as lies, Columbia University's Todd Gitlin calls it a moment of truth for American journalism.
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Columbia University is offering a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on global investigative journalism. Taught by Anya Schiffrin, author of the book Global Muckraking, the course features such speakers as Columbia Journalism Graduate School Dean Steve Coll, ICIJ's Mike Hudson, GIJN's David Kaplan, OSF's Maria Teresa Ronderos, CPJ's Joel Simon, & Sahara Reporters' Omoyoele Sowore. Classes start Feb 8.
Source: Columbia University
Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), one of the world’s largest investigative reporting organizations, is bringing its cross-border reporting expertise into Africa. The move comes as part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a new partnership with Transparency International (TI), which will see OCCRP launch new investigative projects worldwide.
In a year of dismal media news, here's a bright spot for 2016: eight countries added freedom of information laws or similar regulations, according to FreedomInfo.org, bringing the world total to 115 national FOI regimes. Joining the list in 2016 were Malawi, Vanuatu, Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vietnam. Also, three countries -- Argentina, Italy, and Tunisia -- significantly upgraded their laws.