Category: Young Journalists

Corruption in Brazil’s Security System

On March 14, 2018, shortly before 7:00 pm, Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, accompanied by her driver, Anderson Gomes, and an advisor (whose identity has been protected by the police), parked a car on a busy street in the famous neighbourhood of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. For almost two hours, the human rights activist participated in… Read more »

Is the American Anti-Corruption Model Broken

The panel was framed as a question: “Is the American Anti-Corruption Model Broken?” but the moderator, Frank Vogl, an Advisory Council Member to Transparency International started by treating it as fact. The United States is in the middle of a “political crisis,” he said, using the murder of American resident, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi… Read more »

Activists in Colombia Face New Threats, Despite the FARC Peace Deal

  Afro-Colombian activist Marino Cordoba Berrio knows what it’s like to live with death threats. He was shot by paramilitaries and fled Colombia in the early 2000s after fighting for his community’s right to their land. He came back two years ago to a country supposedly at peace but still travels in an armoured car,… Read more »

Corruption Puts Environmental Defenders at Risk in Cambodia

“I’m always worried about being arrested,” said environmental defender Lim Kimsor, carrying a resilient smile. “But I’m not afraid. I’m worried that if they arrest me, who will do the work outside jail?” For the 30-year old Cambodian activist, an arrest is a very real possibility. Several of her colleagues have already been thrown in… Read more »

Weary of Watching Corruption Stifle Development, Young Nigerians are Using Technology to Fight Back

In the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, the abundance of minerals such as gold, copper, iron ore and manganese has brought many people joy. State authorities hired a Chinese company to mine gold, and local villagers, who are largely subsistence farmers and artisanal miners, also started digging for the precious metal themselves, even though this… Read more »

Through Her Eyes: Sahra Mani – Interview

In this episode of “Through Her Eyes”, journalist Andrea Arzaba speaks with film maker Sahra Mani, director of the documentary A Thousand Girls Like Me.

5 Tips to Succeed in Cross-Border Investigations

Successful cross-border investigations have highlighted that, with rigorous journalism, the powerful can be held accountable. But how do you go from getting a hunch to building a successful reporting investigation? Lessons, challenges and opportunities of big cross-border investigations, like the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, were topics covered in a workshop at the 18th… Read more »

Kidnapping Democracy in Digital Age

The session discussed the misuse of digital tools and social media with the goal of swaying public opinion and skewing elections. The panelists particularly focused on the recent scandal of Cambridge Analytica in the US presidential elections, and the suspicions of foreign influence in political campaigns around the world. The high-level dynamic panel was attended… Read more »

¿Cómo podemos reducir la corrupción?

Sin duda, durante mucho tiempo, tanto los medios de comunicación como los agentes de lucha contra la corrupción global, han perseguido las actividades ilícitas en el sector público y privado. Sin embargo, dejando fuera todo el resto de complejas normas y políticas existentes de carácter internacional para prevenir, frenar o controlar la corrupción, este sigue… Read more »

Could Technology Be an Enabler of Corruption?

The question as to whether technology enables perpetrators of corruption to cause more havoc, or whether it strengthens the arms of state actors, the media or crusaders who are fighting corruption, was addressed at the International Anti-Corruption Conference. “It depends on which context we are talking about,” said Mihály Fazekas, assistant professor and scientific director… Read more »

Experts Call for the Establishment of Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Corruption

  High-level human rights experts have called for the establishment of a special rapporteur for human rights and corruption. Appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), special rapporteurs are independent experts tasked to monitor and report on the human rights situation through either a country mandate or thematic mandate. As special rapporteurs, they… Read more »

Why Governments That Ran on Anti-Corruption Promises Are Failing

New governments that have come to power around the world on the promise to fight corruption have fallen into old patterns of corruption, according to anti-corruption campaigners and experts. Panellists at the “Corruption and the Post Election Challenges” workshop held on Wednesday, during the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Denmark, opined that the reasons for… Read more »

IACC 2018 Concludes: What Are the Next Steps?

  The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) ended with a strong call to countries to renew their commitments to the fight against corruption. “Now is the time to act,” Martin Bille Hermann, Denmark’s state secretary for development policy, remarked at the closing ceremony. Hermann said that it is a time for countries to make tangible commitments… Read more »

Confronting Tax Evasion and Other Illicit Financial Flows

Denmark’s minister of taxation, Karsten Lauritzen, told an audience at this year’s International Anti-Corruption Conference that he writes an annual letter to the country’s top 20 tax-paying corporations. “Thanks for contributing to Danish society,” it reads. He was speaking at a panel titled ‘Confronting Tax Evasion and Other Illicit Financial Flows – Time to Translate… Read more »

The Fight Against Corruption in Africa

The African Union declared 2018 the year of combating corruption in Africa. Chairperson of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), the Honorable Bégoto Miarom, revealed that 40 African countries have already signed the convention on anti-corruption. They are now collectively looking to implement strategies and share information that can be effective across the… Read more »

Using Data to Counter Corruption and Money Laundering

Following digital data is like following a “trail of blood that leads to the knife for the murder investigation,” said Karen Greenaway, a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. Greenaway, who has more than 20 years of investigation experience, was speaking at the Using Data to Counter Corruption and Money Laundering workshop at the International… Read more »