2017 and 2018 proved the value — and power — of collaboration among journalists in Africa. But while the Paradise Papers and, of late, the Implant Files have been major highlights, there still has not been a major shift in the mindset of African leaders towards corruption. Take for example my country, Botswana: Ian Kirby, president of the Botswana Court of Appeal, was linked to several offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands — but simply dismissed the exposé, saying it offered nothing new. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, no action was taken against President Joseph Kabila’s twin sister and media mogul Jaynet Kabila after she was linked to a company incorporated on the Pacific island of Niue months before her brother was elected president.
INK Centre was among a few African media organisations to participate at the annual International Journalism Festival (IJF) in Perugia, Italy. The conference attracts an audience of 1200 including 700 speakers from over 50 countries. INK journalists, Ntibiynane Ntibinyane and Joel Konopo participated at the five – day festival in line with the Centre’s mandate […]
International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ), a United States non-profit investigative journalism organisation together with partners around the world, including INK Centre for Investigative Journalism have been awarded Pulitzer Prize for ground-breaking investigations on the Panama Papers. The Pulitzer Prize is the US most prestigious journalism award.
Detention and harassment of journalists investigating the construction of the president’s holiday home
Botswana security agents on Wednesday afternoon briefly detained and threatened to kill three journalists from INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit journalism outlet based in Botswana. The detention which occurred in the central part of Botswana appears to be an effort to intimidate and harass independent media in a country lauded as the shining example of democracy in Africa. Seven armed plain clothes security agents on quad bikes and SUVs barred the journalists near Mosu village, some 600kms north eastern Gaborone and warned them never to “set foot” near President Ian Khama’s private compound or risk death.
INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, the country’s first non-profit investigative journalism outlet is pleased to announce its admission into the prestigious international investigative journalism organization, Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). The Centre is the 128th member of GIJN.