Nieman Reports

Spring 2011

Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption

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Barriers to reporting on corruption are numerous. Pushing past them can be risky, especially in countries where powerful interests are entrenched in business, media organizations, and government. Arrest. Legal action. Forced exile. Threats. Murder. Journalists face such dangers where the fear of what reporters might discover creates a climate of censorship and caution in newsrooms. Journalists describe the toll taken to tell stories about the corruption in their own backyards. Those who support their efforts speak to emerging strategies of training and assistance.

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Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption

Spring 2011: Introduction

By Shattering Barriers to Reveal Corruption March 14, 2011

Barriers to reporting on corruption are numerous. Pushing past them can be risky, especially in countries where powerful interests are entrenched in business, media organizations, and government. Arrest. Legal action. Forced exile. Threats. Murder. Journalists face such dangers where the fear of what reporters might discover creates a climate of censorship and caution in newsrooms. Journalists describe the toll taken to tell stories about the corruption in their own backyards. Those who support their efforts speak to emerging strategies of training and assistance. —Melissa Ludtke Read more

Post-Communsit Realities: The Perils of Investigative Reporting

Abandoning a Broken Model of Journalism

By Post-Communist Realities: The Perils of Investigative Reporting April 20, 2011

In post-Communist countries from Romania to Russia, Armenia to Georgia, Poland to Hungary, investigative reporters face formidable barriers when corruption is the topic. When evidence of illegal activity points to civic or business leaders, journalists encounter personal and professional perils in bringing such information into public view. Their stories open our eyes to what they live with every day—as do those told in Nieman Reports by investigative journalists from other regions of the world. Read more

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