Security tips for international journalists traveling to the CAR Conference

By Olivia Martin, Freedom of the Press Foundation  Foreign correspondents traveling to the U.S. should request to speak to their lawyer if they are detained, stopped for questioning, or compelled to give up decryption or social media passwords at the U.S. border. Before leaving home, it is recommended that they have their attorney’s contact information…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Afflicting the Powerful

What happens when you investigate the leader of your own country? There’s perhaps never been a more relevant time to ask that question. On this episode, we’ll hear from two journalists who went up against some of the most powerful people and institutions in their own backyards. Rita Vásquez of Panama’s La Prensa and Vlad…

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Sinking a bold foray into watchdog journalism in Japan

By Martin Fackler Editor’s Note: This article first ran on October 25, 2016 on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. It seemed like compelling journalism: a major investigative story published by The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second largest daily newspaper, about workers fleeing the Fukushima nuclear plant against orders. It was the work of a special investigative section that had…

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Panama Papers: How the world’s largest collaborative investigation came together

By Soo Rin Kim Journalists who worked on the Panama Papers came together at the IRE Conference to discuss what it take to pull off the world’s largest collaborative investigation. Chrys Wu of The New York Times moderated the panel, which included Michael Hudson, Mar Cabra and Joachim Dyfvermark. Here are some of the most…

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IRE Preview: Go behind the Panama Papers and other international investigations

Get an inside look at how the mammoth collaboration for the Panama Papers came together. You’ll hear about the technical details of giving a group of journalists throughout the world protected access to a trove of leaked documents. You’ll hear from journalists whose work led to the downfall of a prime minister. We also have…

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For Arab media, the cost of watchdog journalism will be high

By Rana Sabbagh | Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Amman, November 29, 2015 – Most top Arab TV presenters and journalists are remarkably candid these days about their survival kit: hear no evil; see no evil; speak no evil. After a brief lull, brought about by the Arab Spring upheavals, they have decided to support their…

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Behind the Story: How KING 5 TV overcame language barriers to investigate birth tourism

A screenshot from KING 5 TV’s broadcast showing the website for Seattle Fu Hua Enterprises LLC There were elusive aspects to this story that dogged Chris Ingalls from the beginning — the inscrutable website, the murky legal environment, the incognito maternity mansion. But none was more important, or more delicate, than scoring the face-to-face interviews…

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Crammed Quarters: Exposing inequities of female student housing in Yemen

By Shada Hottam | Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism  Read more from this issue of the IRE Journal. A digital copy is available online. The idea of investigating “Nightmare Dorm at Sana’a University” started after I enrolled at Sana’a University to study TV and radio journalism in 2010. Over the years, I came to hear…

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IRE Radio Podcast | Ghost Schools

For years, the U.S. has pushed education as one of its major triumphs in Afghanistan. The government helped build schools, train teachers, issue textbooks and educate scores of girls. And for years, that legacy went relatively unchecked. But when Azmat Khan of BuzzFeed News began questioning the numbers and visiting schools in the region this…

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