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International investigative reporting group expands

SHOWCASE | December 20, 2011

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which began in 1997, now includes 158 reporters in 60 countries.

This is from a press release sent out by the Center for Public Integrity.

WASHINGTON, DC – The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has added 41 new members to its roster, expanding the network’s reach to 158 news professionals working on an array of media platforms in 60 countries. ICIJ is a global network of reporters who collaborate on in-depth, cross-border stories and is a project of the Center for Public Integrity.

The new members are reporters, editors and journalism entrepreneurs in 28 countries on five continents. They bring a new wave of talent to the world’s oldest global network of investigative journalists – from cutting-edge computer-assisted reporting to multi-media skills. They also represent new business models and non-profit investigative centers that today are diversifying the media landscape from South Africa to Latvia.

“These additions to ICIJ mark the ambitious expansion of an already stellar team of journalists,” said ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle. “It is notable that in this group of dedicated professionals are courageous women and men who’ve helped investigate and explain some of the most important events and issues of our time, from the repressive regimes that led to the Arab Spring uprisings to the inner-workings of multi-national drug cartels. This is experience and ability that will invigorate our plans for cross-border investigations with global impact.”

The new ICIJ members include reporters and editors from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and Venezuela.
With financial support from international foundations, ICIJ brings together journalists from around the world to investigate cross-border crime, corruption and other issues of regional and global importance. To release its findings, ICIJ partners with leading news organizations worldwide. Recent investigations have been published with BBC World Service and BBC World TV, Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Le Soir (Belgium), Novaya Gazeta (Russia), the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia).

ICIJ’s work has been recognized by numerous journalism awards. Most recently, “Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade,” won Columbia University’s 2011 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism and a medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. “Looting the Seas” won the 2011 Overseas Press Club’s Whitman Bassow Award for reporting on international environmental issues as well as the 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Tom Renner Award.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) was launched in 1997 as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to globally extend the Center's investigative style of journalism in the public interest. Based in 60 countries, ICIJ’s global network includes 158 of the world’s top investigative reporters who produce collaborative, cross-border reports on major global issues around the world. ICIJ also supports international investigative journalism by presenting the biennial Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.



Co-Director of Uganda Christian Solutions
Posted by Nancy Denardo
05/09/2012, 05:44 PM

We are an organization formed to do humanitarian work in Uganda. We had to start our own group because of the corruption of Bishop Daniel Wandabula who has misdirected 4-5 million dollars of donations given by United Methodists through the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Myself and others have filed complaints through the United Methodist Council of Bishops who say their hands are tied by the 2008 Book of Discipline. They are aware of Bishop Wandabula and other Bishops who have embezzled funds but will not intervene. It is our hope to find someone who will expose this fraud and deception so that the mission dollars will get to the people that need it. Bishop Wandabula has a website for the East Africa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church with a Paypal account that receives donations that are not tracked by the church. He has exploited the Hope for Africa Children's Choir to raise donations that are supposed to support the HUMBLE United Methodist School in Mukono Uganda but those funds were not used to aid the school. Rev John Kiviiri in Uganda has documentation of Wandabula's embezzlement. There was an article written by the UM News Service in Nov or Dec of 2011 about Bishop Wandabula having Rev Kiviiri and Joseph Kanyike arrested. They were about to report the embezzlement. I hope you will help us reveal this injustice that is occurring in the United Methodist Church. Nancy Denardo, former Western Pa Conference Lay Leader for the United Methodist Church 412 780-8636

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