A look at those exposing corruption

Nizar Manek, who volunteered in our Conventions Programme at Transparency International this summer, wrote this piece for the Guardian Comment is Free blog entitled Internationalising the public interest highlighting the need for international media to not forget the campaigners who pay a high price for exposing corruption in the developing world.

Nizar points out:

International media scrutiny cannot be shut down, but these problems are often left unreported. International media outlets should make a clear shift to internationalising the public interest – particularly in supporting the international protection of human rights in countries where investigating and publishing on corruption faces censorship, imprisonment and state-sponsored killing. Reporters need to monitor these cases and engage in cross-border investigations where unacceptable restrictions are imposed on the local media.

He highlights cases from Algeria, Brazil and Morocco, but there are many more who bravely stand up to corrupt practices. Often, these cases fail to be covered.

This is not an issue that will go away. With more people speaking out against corruption, it becomes clearer that these individuals need to be protected and supported when doing so:

Often there is no adequate protection for anti-corruption activists in line with international standards – and once imprisoned, they are easily forgotten.

There’s a lot to gain for a stronger connection between journalists and people who speak out against corruption in their countries. But the work of journalists is often equally as dangerous. Data by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that in 2010 in 31 per cent of journalists killed were investigating corruption. A horrifying number.

This is why Transparency International’s last Integrity Awards honoured the work of David Leigh and Roman Shleynov, two journalists uncovering corruption cases in the UK and Russia.

The next winners of the Integrity Awards will be presented at the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference on 12 November. Look out!

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Georg Neumann

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Georg Neumann is Internal Communications Coordinator at Transparency International.

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6 Responses to A look at those exposing corruption

  1. Gypsy 29 November 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Investigative journalism is a costly endeavour and an increasingly difficult one for newsrooms in developed countries to finance as traditional mass media faces a huge downturn in advertising revenues and cuts in newsrooms. This is a challenge that not only affects the news media but NGOs that rely on the press to dig, question, contextualise and most importantly confirm complex information. Nonetheless, journalists pay a high price for reporting on corruption and they continue to do so because it is their duty to report the facts. For more see: http://blog.transparency.org/2010/10/26/cpi2010_reporting-on-corruption-at-a-price/

  2. Georg Neumann
    Georg Neumann 30 November 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Gypsy, thanks for your comment.

    The role and value of investigative journalists for society as a whole and uncovering corrupt practices is too often not appreciated. I was shocked by the comment in this article by David Leigh referring to a cable that mentions Prince Andrew who “went on to denounce Guardian reporters investigating bribery as ‘those (expletive) journalists … who poke their noses everywhere’.”

  3. aaron fleszar 8 June 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Has investigative journalism died?

    I wasn’t sure where to post this, it’s of critical importance though that intelligent people read this and understands it. The future for America is in jeopardy. Whether you’re motivated to become a highly paid journalist, make a name for yourself, or become a part of history, in order to live in a free democratic society, I urge you to read this, draw your own conclusions, and share it with the world.

    My name is Aaron Fleszar, you don’t know me, but the story I want to share with you is 100% true. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Whether you believe me or not, I ask that you read this all the way through, because there’s plenty to research and form your own opinion.

    In March of 2008 I cracked a code online that is written across thousands of websites. These websites are selling every money making opportunity you can think of, from mystery shopping, to paid surveys, to every aspect of affiliate marketing and affiliate marketing education. By making fun of a group of scam artists, I discovered that this group is enormous, highly sophisticated, and positioned to make billions by destroying the US economy. They are Al-Qaeda.

    When I first cracked this code I reported it to the FBI. A number of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists make up this code. For example, Wanted Seif al-Adel is claiming to be Mark Joyner and Noordin M Top is claiming to be Armand Morin wanted for the financing of Al-Qaeda. The code is made up of aliases with some political overtones, look a likes of CEO’s, and media moguls. It’s sophisticated, it’s dynamic, and if there was anything remotely easy about breaking it, the feds would have done it long before me.

    Without going into great detail and allowing you to follow up on the code itself, I’ll share with you what I got out of it. A great deal of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists make up this code. This means whoever these people are, they must not be “on the run” and acting alone, but rather have always been part of this organization. This organization, Al-Qaeda online, appears to have run the last presidential election on the most highly ranked site in Google search, Youtube. Now I never thought anything about Obama, but it appears that Osama Bin Laden, much like these “internet marketing experts” who are terrorists, may have only been a spokesperson. It also appears that Osama’s name is a code and that Osama represents Obama and Biden (Bi)n La(den). It sounds ridiculous, but these people have been putting this code together for decades.

    9/11 itself was an intelligence failure of epic proportions. It appears that the events of 9/11 were a stepping stone to a much larger plan. That plan appears to be to overthrow the US government. I believe the attacks on 9/11 were symbolic to an attack on capitalism, our foundation. I believe that the FBI had a similar theory about Obama, given his background with radicals such as Bill Ayers, and radical preachers. I’m sure they also thought Osama Bin Laden could be a code, and that the most wanted terrorists having connections to US embassy bombings in Kenya and Indonesia was more than a freak coincidence for Obama to have a background with both areas as well. This code online connects the dots between everyone’s theories.

    It appears that a coup has taken place. Since Obama got elected, it appears unelected officials in Washington are using him to flush out the remaining members of the “New World Order” plot. After being tortured for over 3 years now, denied speaking with anyone in government, denied an attorney, denied a lawsuit in federal court, not to mention a million other things, I’ve been able to deduce quite a bit. The feds have also slowly taken over the media over the last several years.

    The feds are creating the stories, the headlines, they’ve recruited writers and moderators, and are doing everything they can to control the rate at which this information leaks out. They are trying to get everyone to focus on the 2012 election while discrediting the media. The only people left on this earth who can spread the truth are bloggers who understand the importance of this story and their first amendment rights.

    In attempting to release this story a month ago, the government took a preemptive strike by releasing Obama’s birth certificate, then a few days later, fabricated the story about killing Osama Bin Laden. Several major news sites are not allowing new registrations, comments are being deleted, and many un-moderated sites are now moderated. If they cannot delete a comment that starts to get attention, they’ll pull the link to the story from the main page on the site, this has happened repeatedly at Yahoo and The Huffington Post. The feds had ample time before the election to take down the biggest players, which would have created enough chatter publicly to take down any remaining threat. They decided that justice isn’t served in a court of law. The feds are covering up this story and confusing national security with job security. If you don’t want to live in a totalitarian regime operated by unelected officials turning elected officials in puppets, expose this story.

    Thank you,
    Aaron Fleszar


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