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The IJAsia14 Keynote: Speaking Truth to Power Is an Asian Value

(Editor’s Note: Here’s the keynote address that left 300 journalists from 33 countries buzzing at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference. The speech was delivered on November 24, 2014, in Manila, Philippines.)
Twenty-five years ago, the term “investigative reporting” was little known in Asia. The media landscape was dominated by pliant newspapers, insipid TV news programs, and journalists who saw themselves as mouthpieces of government. Today journalists throughout Asia are using freedom-of-information laws, data analysis, social media, collaborative tools, and the latest in digital technology. They are writing about corruption, human slavery, dirty money, and environmental problems.

We’ve come a long way. Continue Reading →

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All-Star Lineup Heads to Manila for Uncovering Asia Conference

Nearly 70 speakers from 25 countries are heading to Manila this week to speak on panels and conduct workshops. So who’s coming to Asia’s first investigative journalism conference? You’ll find top investigative reporters, data journalists, security and legal experts, editors and publishers,  educators and more. We’ll have journalists from the BBC, Thomson Reuters, Asahi Shimbun, Newstapa, Caixin, Inter-Press Service, Malaysiakini, Bangkok Post, Philippine Daily Inquirer, NHK, Irrawaddy, Thai Rath, South China Morning Post, Tempo, CommonWealth, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, and Seoul Broadcasting, to name a few. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project will be there, talking about their extraordinary cross-border projects. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is doing a special seminar, and we have security tips from the Tactical Technology Collective and the Committee to Protect Journalists. 

There’s IndiaSpend and the new Centre for Investigative Journalism, India, the Nepal Centre for Investigative Journalism, Himal, IRPI – Investigative Reporting Project Italy, Germany’s Correctiv, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Investigative Reporting Denmark, and more. Continue Reading →

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Why We’re Heading to Asia

Why are we heading to Asia? That’s easy. It’s where most of humanity lives, and the demand for quality investigative reporting is enormous. More than 4.3 billion people call Asia home – that’s 60% of the global population. It has the world’s second and third largest economies, and its share of global GDP is expected to double. But the region is also among the weakest links in an emerging global community of investigative journalists. Continue Reading →

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