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Investigating the Pandemic: Open Source Investigations in Africa
NOTE: This webinar includes French interpretation.

Although internet penetration in Africa is lower than other parts of the world, open-source investigative journalism tools can be accessed by journalists anywhere on the continent. Yet despite easy access, many reporters are still unfamiliar with these tools.

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing that quickly. From Lesotho to Liberia, the pandemic lockdowns imposed by governments have compelled investigative journalists to seek out open-source investigative tools to continue their work. As a result, despite the restrictive environment, a significant number of important investigations have been released.

In this third Africa-focused GIJN webinar, we bring together three journalists from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya who have used open-source tools during the COVID-19 crisis to produce groundbreaking investigations. They will share tips and insights on the tools they have used, the information they unearthed, how they turned their findings into compelling stories, and the impact that those stories have had.

The moderator is Asha Mwilu, a Kenyan investigative journalist and filmmaker. In early July she founded a digital media outlet, Debunk Media, pioneering explanatory journalism for young African audiences. She has worked for the leading broadcasters in Kenya and is known for high impact investigations on security and corruption.

This one-hour webinar is free and designed for journalists interested in investigating the COVID-19 crisis. It’s the seventeenth in a GIJN series, Investigating the Pandemic. Coming soon: Where Do We Go from Here -- New Avenues for Investigative Reporting on the Pandemic. Watch our Twitter feed @gijn and newsletter for future events.

Jul 23, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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