- It happens overnight: An article series on conditions for investigative journalists one year after Panama Papers
What are the working conditions for investigative journalists one year after Panama Papers?
Eleven investigative journalists from around the world write about the prerequisites for engaging in investigative journalism, work methods, challenges and insight hinders they encounter and reprisals they face in this series of articles. This project is funded with the support from the Fritt Ord Foundation.
Investigative journalists were in Norway in connection with the conference Making Transparency Possible where they participated in an open meeting with debate and workshop on investigative journalism. The meeting was organized in collaboration with SKUP and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (HiOA). The articles presented in this series tell about the links between access to information as a prerequisite for freedom of expression and reprisals investigative journalists can face when they do their job and make use of their freedom of expression. Financial transparency is necessary for investigative journalists so that they should not risk their lives when accessing information or using the information they have been given access to. About 800 journalists have been killed only during the last ten years.
Those who follow cash flows and ask questions about transparency or the authorities' management of natural resources are particularly exposed. There is an intensified hunt for natural resources worldwide. It threatens both the world's vulnerable ecosystems and those who asks questions or share their knowledge. Throughout the world, we see an increasing setback against journalists and activists who set the spotlight on transparency or the management of natural resources. Just within 2015 there were 185 activists fighting for environment protection and transparency in oil, gas and mining, including environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, who were killed. This happens not only in countries far away from Norway. Not long ago journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta was killed. She was a journalist who, among other things, did investigations in Malta about links to Panama Papers leak.
"I followed the illicit wealth from timber corruption and found it all disappeared behind a curtain off-shore"
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.Written by Clare Rewcastle Brown - United Kingdom and Malaysia ___________________________________________________
Armenia’s Special Investigative Service (SIS) dropped the offshore business case against former Chief Compulsory Enforcement Service Officer Mihran Poghosyan in January this year.Written by Kristine Agalaryan - Armenia ___________________________________________________
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.Written by Rodrigo Veliz Estrada - Guatemala ___________________________________________________
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.Written by Craig McKune - South Africa