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Africa's best investigative journalists are coming together on 3 September 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the first-ever pan-African Investigative Journalism Summit, organised by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR).

At the summit, African journalists will discuss the obstacles investigative journalists face on the continent, including lack of access to information laws, publishing possibilities and editorial support. They will also explore "hot topics", such as how best to investigate social spending, resource exploitation by multinationals, and human rights violations by the courts. There are also plans to launch a new manual for investigative journalists and possible joint investigations.

Participants will also get first dibs on FAIR's Transnational Investigation team's 2007 report, "Sickening Africa: Lack of access to medication and the role of the pharmaceutical industry".

The Summit is being held in conjunction with the Power Reporting Conference organised by the University of Witwatersrands' Investigative Journalism Workshop.

For more information, including a full programme, contact FAIR at: [email protected] or [email protected]

(31 July 2007)

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