Civil society, journalism, union work

Opinion piece: Transparency is no longer a goal, Erna?

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Statsminister Erna Solberg. Foto: Heiko Junge:NTB scanpix:SMK (CC BY-NC 2.0:Flick).
Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Foto: Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix/SMK (CC BY-NC 2.0/Flicker).

Have we not learned anything from Panama and Paradise Papers? The government proposes to remove the economic support  that gives the opportunity for NGOs to work for transparency in capital flows.

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Nigeria’s NO. 3 Man and the trouble from Panama

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Working on the Panama Papers I have realized, more than ever before, the power of networking and collaboration. The teamwork with international journalists gave me the confidence and empowerment to dare a fearsome figure in the corridor of power.

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An independent journalist in Ethiopia is as stranger to a source of major news as anyone can be

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Finding information about conflictive issues related to state owned companies in Ethiopia, as with a coal extraction initiative established by the country's army, is a difficult and frustrating process. Photo: SarahTz (CC BY 2.0/Flickr)

Ethiopia´s communication affairs office controls which media is entitled to be invited to state organized press events, and which media is not invited.

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South Africa: Could it happen overnight?

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A journalist records a speech during a march in Cape Town. Investigative journalist Craig McKune writes about several recent cases where journalists are exposed to threats in South Africa. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp (CC BY-ND 4.0)

- I explained how South Africa is very violent... "Yet, the bad guys do not seem to hurt journalists for some reason", I said... How wrong I was. 

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The coal-case of Guatemala

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Otto Pérez Molina in the Jaguar Energy coal plant. Photograph: Guatemalan Government (CC)

- One politician used his Facebook profile to accuse me, a journalist, of being behind "the attacks" against him, and stated that a criminal lawsuit would follow. A day later he wrote a column welcoming me to the "world of the mortals", and implicit death threat. 

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Panama Offshore Story Continues in Armenia: Investigative Journalists - NGO Goes to Court

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Mihran Poghosyan. Fotograph: Compulsory Enforcement Service (Wikimedia / Creative Commons / Mamuli qartughar)

Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) dropped the offshore business case against former Chief Compulsory Enforcement Service Officer Mihran Poghosyan in January this year.

Writen by Kristine Agalaryan* (photograph on the right) 

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- I followed the illicit wealth from timber corruption and found it all disappeared behind a curtain off-shore

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Clare Rewcastle, founder of the Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak UK/ Malaysia. Photo: Dominique James

Off-shore "paradise" islands are back in the news and as far as I am concerned they should stay in the news until these shelters for the super-rich, tax evaders and also mega-criminals are sorted out.

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An Open Meeting, June 2: What is the way forward for EITI in Norway?

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EITI is a three party cooperation between authorities, companies, and civil society. Everybody needs to come to an agreement now on what the continued process will be for EITI in Norway. Illustration: PWYP Norway

 

PWYP Norway invites to an open meeting about EITI in Norway on the 2nd of June. The meeting is organised in relation to the EITI Board Meeting that takes place in Oslo. A key question for PWYP Norway is: What should be the way forward for EITI in Norway?

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