Category : Democracy

Database: the “In-Word” for Investigative Journalism

Maria Paula BritoIACC Young Journalist, reports from the joint Canadian Broadcasting Company/University of Winnipeg’s Investigative Journalism Conference: Holding Power to Account: Investigative Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada.

“Vestigium means footprint in Latin” and investigative journalists “look for footprints,” said Cecil Rosner, a CBC Managing Editor and award winning investigative journalist, in a training session held yesterday with the members of TI’s Young Journalist Initiative (YJs).

Investigative journalists need skills, and the key ones now-a-days are digital

In the lead up to the International Conference “Holding Power to Account: Investigative Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights”, TI journalists had a one-on-one session with Rosner which sparked debates about what an investigative journalist is, what they can do, and how they do it.  The insights were far too good to keep in house, so here goes some of the tips and perspectives that Cecil Rosner offered the YJs.

YJs at Winnipeg

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Categories: Corruption, Democracy, IACC Young Journalist, Journalism, Open Data, Technology

People Power in Brazil: Insights into the ongoing public protests

Since the 15th IACC, a wave of massive protests  have taken Brazil by storm -something unexpected when the conference was held in the country less than one year ago. Hundreds of thousands of people reclaimed the streets in more than three hundred cities in June of 2013. It was the biggest public manifestation in the last twenty years, since President Fernando Collor resigned the office due to corruption allegations in 1992.

Brazil protests

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The reasons leading people to the streets were diverse. The protests started in São Paulo, the largest city in the country, due to an 8 cents (R$0,20) increase in the bus and train fare. The manifestations were organized by a social movement, called Movimento Passe Livre (Free Fare Movement), and later followed by a considerable portion of the population. Protesters succeeded in revoking the increase in São Paulo. The example was followed in other cities, and the rate fell in more than 50 of then, in all regions of the country.

After these protests, proposals concerning transport as a social right (free and provided by the state) are being discussed more seriously in the country. The possibility of Brazilians riding good trains and buses for free doesn’t seem close yet, but the debate about transport is more widespread now. President Dilma Rousseff received the group’s militants, and later she promised a new national transport policy–although is not clear what exactly that means yet. Also, measures regarding transparency in public transport concessions have started to be taken seriously at different levels of the federation. READ MORE

Categories: Citizen Action, Corruption, Democracy, IACC Young Journalist, Peoples Empowerment

The Next Step: Post-Arab Spring

Throughout the International Anti-Corruption Conference, we’ll post exclusive interviews about what happens after the workshops and panels are over. We’ll look at what was accomplished and what strategies participants can actually take back to their countries to fight corruption.

One of the topics that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue here in Brasilia is the Arab Spring and the debate over what the next steps should be and whether change is happening fast enough. So, we decided to dedicate two episodes of The Next Step to different perspectives on what needs to happen in the Arab Region, post-Arab Spring.

Our first guest is an Iraqi parliamentarian from Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, Susan Shahab-Nouri.
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Categories: Citizen Action, Democracy, Human RIghts, IACC Young Journalist

Garzón, the last exile from spanish dictatorship

When newspapers in your host country only mention Spain to talk about its crisis, its evictions, cuts and corruption of its politicians, seeing an audience of 140 nationalities cheering Baltasar Garzon was like a reconciliation with my country.

The judge answered questions raised by the public, received books, had his picture taken and answered dozens of reporters- even while having a broken voice due to a virus. In Spain, however, he cannot practice his profession and although for a large segment of society he is a hero, the rest think of him as a villain.

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Categories: Corruption, Democracy, IACC Young Journalist

Message from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the 15th IACC participants

Dear Friends:

It gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings to all those gathered in Brasilia for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). I am delighted to have this opportunity to thank the IACC Council for its ongoing leadership in raising awareness of corruption, identifying innovative ways to combat it, and mobilizing stakeholders inside and outside of government. I also commend the Government of Brazil for hosting this important gathering. The United States is proud to be your partner in our shared effort to fight corruption and promote open government. READ MORE

Categories: Corruption, Democracy, Human RIghts

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