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We are all doing the same thing at the end of the day, whether we are interacting or bringing issues to the forefront. The more investigations the more investigative units around, the better. International investigative journalism is also necessary as crooks, fraudsters and corrupt businesses often ply their trade beyond one country’s borders. * The addresses of international investigative journalism organisations on the World Wide Web can be found in Chapter 11. Basic Bugging Where there is over-riding public interest and no other way to obtain information, new technology (such as cellular telephones) offers an underhanded way for journalists to get at the truth.

For example Mpho Moagi’s work on sexual pressure from teachers at schools and the misuse of child care grants reflect her background; likewise Joyce Mulama’s work on US pressure to stop funds for condoms and abortion information at clinics [in Kenya]. With no investigative journalists from such backgrounds…such stories would not be told,” said Groenink. This makes it a priority to develop investigative journalism in all sectors of African society and move away from “a narrow focus on incidental exposure of corruption [to include] social investigative stories…” Secrecy and delay tactics 48 Watchdog’s Guide to Investigative Reporting Private companies are notoriously difficult to investigate.

Always keep backup copies of your electronic files elsewhere. It is advisable to password protect both your computer and all the documents you are working on, as well as to use code names for confidential sources in all your reports. Journalists engaged in undercover work can also use e-mail as an alternative to coded telephone calls to arrange meetings and discuss issues with confidential sources. , and using false personal details from, perhaps, an internet cafe. This allows a journalist to work in such a way that if a third party were to intercept any messages, s/he would be unable to find out anything useful about the participants or their whereabouts.

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