Category: Young Journalists

Race and audio-visual: Topics at the 2019 Double Exposure

The issue of race, as well as, how to tell compelling stories through audio-visual took the front burner at the 2019 Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium. The 4-day event, held at the Washington DC, the commercial nerve of the United States, was a gathering of investigative filmmakers and journalists from around the world…. Read more »

Transparency is the new objectivity

Do new organisations need to be transparent about their priorities and agenda? At the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington DC, Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at the New York University thinks so. He has been touching media skills for 33 years and says that now more than ever, journalists need to show the public the… Read more »

The Big Chill: What do increased risks for whistleblowers mean for journalism going forward?

At Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington DC in October, I took part in a panel on whistleblowing. I spoke about my experience as a journalist working with refugee whistleblowers, who often have no real recourse to a legal system and are almost completely reliant on the organisations they’re accusing. Other speakers included Erika… Read more »

Trust: the fifth element of the documentary

Trust is the most important thing in a relationship between a filmmaker and a person in the film (showcased in Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival). They do not like to use the word “subject” of the movie, so they try to avoid it. Accepting the thing that the movie will expose your situation and it… Read more »

Journalists and digital security

Ask any journalist what is one of their worst fear and most probably they will tell you security. Journalists are always under threat irrespective of what issues they cover be it politics, business, sports or any other beat. So, last week when I received communication that the IACC’s Young Journalists attending Double Exposure Investigative Film… Read more »

How Corruption, Bad Governance Helped Make Nigeria Poverty Capital of the World

  Corruption, either directly or indirectly, is the bane of poverty in Nigeria, various reports and researches have suggested. The Corruption Perceptions Index, released annually by Transparency International (TI), also gives credence to the pervasive corruption in the sub-Saharan country. Nigeria has always floated at the bottom of the list, among the most corrupt nations… Read more »

The Danish Fairytale Revisited

  A series of major corruption scandals is testing Denmark’s status as one of the world’s least corrupt countries. How did Denmark develop its law-abiding character, and what sort of sophisticated corruption thrives in Denmark? There was a time, not too long ago, that Denmark was officially recognised as the least corrupt country in the… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan: On the Path to Creating a Digital Society

  Kyrgyzstan is perhaps the only country in Central Asia where power is changing – its fifth elected president Sooronbay Jeenbekov is already in his second year in power. It is also the only country in the region that devotes a lot of attention to digitisation – convinced that it will prove to be a… Read more »

In Ghana, Technology Partners with Citizens and Media to Fight Corruption

    A group of activists, software developers, journalists and bloggers are gathered inside a room at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) headquarters in Accra for a hackathon. Their goal: to collaborate and generate ideas for a software project that will help in the fight against corruption. The hackathon was jointly organised by… Read more »

Despite Legal Frameworks, Corruption Still Thrives in Côte d’Ivoire

  Reinforcement of the legal framework, justice referral ordered by the High Authority for Good Governance, and investigations led by the State’s General Inspectorate (SGI) are just some of the many legal measures country’s can undertake to demonstrate a strong will to eradicate corruption. Despite these measures, the fight against corruption remains challenging in Côte… Read more »

Corruption Impeding on Human Rights in South Africa’s Mining Sector

  The South African criminal justice system took a giant leap in the right direction when, in November 2018, the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the people of Xolobeni. Situated on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape province, the Xolobeni community had been resisting mining activities on their titanium-rich land by… Read more »

Recent Corruption Crackdown in Ethiopia: What Can We Learn From It?

  A new era of democracy and optimism has emerged since the current Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, assumed power in April last year. The months following his appointment saw widespread reform packages on all major areas of governance including revising draconian legislation such as civil society and media proclamations. The new government pledged… Read more »

The Anti-Corruption Crusader That Cannot be Suppressed

In 2013, one of Ghana’s finest journalists resigned from his job. He also stopped working in the media industry altogether and took up a position as a public relations manager at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). Samuel Agyemang’s resignation was not planned. His passion for journalism was infectious. He loved what he did,… Read more »

Coming to Denmark – Revisiting the Myth About the Incorruptible Nordics

A series of recent major corruption scandals in Denmark is testing its status as one of the world’s least corrupt nations. IACC Young Journalist, Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder, speaks with Steven Sampson, American professor of social anthropology about the sophisticated corruption thriving in Denmark and the Nordics.

Three Latin American Female Corruption Fighters You Should Know

Every day, across the Americas, corruption impacts ordinary citizens in a variety of ways. It is the bribe many agree to pay to avoid a fine, the “tax” some have to handover in order to be “protected” by organised crime, and in higher levels, it is the funds that benefit the elite’s own interests, be… Read more »

Corruption, an Endemic Disease Plaguing Equatorial Guinea

  Concerned about the gravity of the problems and threats posed by corruption in the world, the member states of the African Union (AU), to which Equatorial Guinea is a party, adopted the Convention on Prevention and Fight against Corruption in July 2003. This Convention obliges state parties to provide greater cooperation to prevent the… Read more »

How Corruption is Affecting Basic Education in Nigeria

  Corruption has filtered into almost every sphere of the Nigerian economy, including the education sector. This has contributed to the country’s education crises, where an increasing number of children are failing to go to school. According to the country’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) – a reform programme that was launched in 1999 to… Read more »