The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has spun off from the Center Public Integrity, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization that housed it for nearly 20 years. Known for its cross-border investigative collaborations, most notably the Panama Papers, ICIJ was in negotiations with the parent CPI for months to become an independent entity. "We believe this new structure will allow us to extend our global reach and impact even farther," wrote ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle.
The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon in the New York Times today spared little in his critique of the Trump Administration's anti-press campaign: "In President Trump’s carpet bombing of the news media, it is not just the United States’ global reputation that is collateral damage. Rather, it is the brave journalists on the front line who risk their lives and liberty to bring the world the news. It is to our great shame that they can no longer count on the support of the United States."
Source: New York Times
Battered by tough news coverage and a flood of leaks, Donald Trump this week lashed out at the news media in his harshest language yet, branding it "the enemy of the American People!" on Twitter. The comment brought widespread condemnation -- Republican columnist David Brooks called it "rhetoric straight out of the fascist playbook," and his own cabinet members backed away from the phrase. But it has left journalists wondering if Trump supporters may feel emboldened to launch physical attacks against the press.
Every two years, GIJN presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The winner receives an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in November to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world. Deadline to apply: May 15.
The news media is using two tech tools to help facilitate the unprecedented flood of leaks coming from the Trump White House: SecureDrop, an encrypted platform for sending leaks, and Signal, a messaging app with end-to-end encryption. "It's hard to name a news organization that has not gotten in touch with us about installing SecureDrop in the past six weeks," says Trevor Timm of SecureDrop's Freedom of the Press Foundation.
The World Bank's new World Development Report has a lot to like by independent media advocates. This edition of the annual report references media over 75 times, citing the evidence for media's positive impact on governance. Media is called an “indispensable component of citizen empowerment and collective action” and a “key actor” on transparency.
Source: BBC Media Action